MARS 1010 - The Marine Environment

Honors Fall 2006, 2007; Fall 2009-16, with Zhang or Castelao

In this introductory course, we explore the physical, geological, and chemical processes that define the ocean environment covering over 70% of the earth surface, discover the role of the oceans in climate and weather, their importance to our natural resources, and how apparently land-based processes (like earthquakes, volcanoes, and the shape of our coastlines) relate to the ocean system, and decipher how human activities are changing the ocean.


FRES 1010 - Freshmen Seminar

Water: The elixir of life (Fall 2005). Water is central to life on Earth and potentially elsewhere. In this seminar, we will cover chemical and physical properties of water and study its global cycle. We will discuss its importance for the development of life and adaptations of aquatic organisms to their environments. Topics will also include the impact of water on society in the past, current issues related to its role as resource as drinking water, water pollution, water scarcity, coastal water usage and the impact of global climate change.

The aquatic world & the footprint of the human giant (Fall 2009). Get to know a variety of aquatic habitats, and gain insight into how they are connected to and affected by human activities - both on a local, but also a regional and global scale.


MARS 4100/6100 - Physical Processes in the Ocean

Spring 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, with Di Iorio

This course is about the physical forces on Earth that cause ocean motion and the geological forces that determine the ocean basin and coastal morphologies. It provides the student with the necessary skills to carry out mathematical calculations while understanding their limitations, and thus giving a physical interpretation of the solutions obtained. Participants will use ocean observatory data, that can be obtained from a number of sources, to examine a specific feature of interest and present their results to the class and in a project report.


MARS 4200/6200 - Chemical & Biological Oceanography

Fall 2008, with Sun

This course is an introduction to understanding the chemical and biological processes in the oceans. It covers the distributions of elements and nutrients in the oceans and the processes affecting them, and links biological activity to chemical patterns.


MARS 4810/6810 - Microbial Biogeochemistry

Spring 2006, with Joye

This course focuses on the study of the microbial processes important in modifying the earth's lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. It provides a detailed overview of Microbial Biogeochemistry in a variety of aquatic habitats and covers both qualitative and quantitative aspects. Students will be introduced to research on biogeochemistry and elemental cycling over time scales ranging from modern to the early Earth.


MARS 4810/6810 - Global Biogeochemical Cycles

Spring 2008, 2010, 2014

An overview of global biogeochemical cycles, with emphasis on the role of the ocean, including box models and both fundamental principles and quantitative analyses. Focus is on modern day conditions, but glacial-interglacial changes and effects of global change are included.


MARS 8020 - Chemical Oceanography

Spring 2014, 2016, 2017 with Miller, Medeiros, Buck

This course covers a wide range of topics in chemical oceanography/marine chemistry. Students are expected to have knowledge in general chemistry and oceanography.


MARS 8130 - Seminar in Hydrobiology: Introduction to Reactive Transport Modeling

Spring 2005

This seminar course is based on a weekly discussion of papers and/or book chapters covering a variety of aspects in reactive transport modeling in aqueous systems. Readings will be presented and critically analyzed in classroom meetings, with one of the students leading the discussion. An overview and brief introduction into numerical methods will be given. Objectives: 1. Improve skills on critical paper assessment and presentation. 2. Learn fundamentals, possibilities and limitations of biogeochemical modeling. 3. For students singing up for additional credits, the development of research question, implementation and discussion of reactive transport models provides an opportunity to learn the power and potential pitfalls of numerical modeling. Software tools available (MATLAB, COMSOL) also make it possible to explore complex physical phenomena within the allotted time frame.