Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

2016 Fall Semester Courses


Biol 160 – Introduction to Marine Biology

SFSU      Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:10 - 7:25
Prerequisites:  
Description: Introduction to the marine environment including oceanic, intertidal, and near shore communities of plants, animals, and microbes. Emphasis is on marine biological and chemical processes and environmental issues both locally and globally.
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. William Cochlan


Biol 532 – Restoration Ecology

SFSU      Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 -12:15
Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240
Description: Focuses on restoration of degraded habitats, with emphasis on the application of ecological theory to restoration practice. A variety of habitats will be covered, especially those common to the Bay Area. (Formerly BIOL 531 Restoration Ecology.)
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. Katharyn Boyer


Biol 555 – Marine Invertebrate Zoology

SFSU      Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 - 5:00
Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors.
Comparative laboratory and field study of local marine invertebrate animals; evolution and functional morphology. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and field work, 2 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Instructor: Dr. Sarah Cohen

 

Biol 577 – Ecological and Environmental Modeling

Bldg 36 Kern Classroom       Wednesdays, 11:00a - 1:55p
Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and BIOL 240 or a course in ecology, CHEM 111, MATH 199 [formerly MATH 109], or consent of instructor.
Description: Intended for biology majors.
Theory and practice of mathematical and computer modeling of organisms, ecosystems, and their environment. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory, 1 unit. (Plus-minus letter grade only)
Units: 4
Instructor: Dr. Jonathon Stern

 

Biol 580.01 – Limnology

SFSU                 Thursdays, 9:30 AM -11:30 AM
Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240; CHEM 215, CHEM 216.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of inland waters. Individual field projects. Field trips conducted during class time. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. Ed Carpenter


Biol 582 - Biological Oceanography

Bldg 39              Mondays, 10:10 - 12:00
Bldg 36, Keck Laboratory                Mondays, 1:10 - 4:00
Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240
Description: Physical characteristics of oceans; biology of plankton and benthos, emphasizing production and food webs. Identification, sampling, and productivity measurements of marine organisms. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory and field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Instructor: Dr. Ed Carpenter

 

Biol 617 – Environmental Physiology

Online     Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:35 - 4:50
Prerequisites: BIOL 612 or BIOL 630.
Description: Intended for majors.
The physiological and biochemical mechanisms underlying adaptation of animals to diverse environments. (Plus-minus letter grade only)
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. Jonathon Stillman

 

Biol 708 – Scientific Methods

 Kern Classroom                Fridays, 1:30 PM -4:30 PM
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to research tools and approaches used by scientists including: software for data analysis and presentation, using scientific literature, experimental design, writing scientific papers and proposals, professional communication (oral, poster, letter), time and stress management. (Plus-minus letter grading only)
Units: 3
Instructors: Dr. Jonathon Stillman and Dr. William Cochlan

 

Biol 863.01 – Marine Symbioses

Bldg 36 NERR Conference Room       Thursdays, 10:10 - 12:10
Prerequisites: Graduate status and consent of instructor
Description: Many marine organisms are mutualistic symbioses between two different species that both benefit from the association; e.g., coral reefs, bioluminescent fish, hydrothermal vent clams, etc. The similarities and differences in form and function of these associations are studied. (AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 2
Instructor: Dr. Frances Wilkerson

 

Biol 863.04 – Adaptation to Coastal Environments

Bldg 36 NERR Conference Room       Tuesdays, 10:00 - 12:00
Prerequisites: Graduate status and consent of instructor
Description: Graduate seminar focused on understanding responses of coastal organisms and ecosystems to global change. Student presentations of recent articles from the primary scientific literature.
Units: 2
Instructor: Dr. Jonathon Stillman

Biol 863.05 - Advanced Ichthyology

SFSU            Thursdays, 4:10 - 6:00
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. 
Description: Advanced consideration of the ecology, physiology and evolution of fishes, emphasizing current literature and research.
Units: 2
Instructor: Dr. Karen Crow

 

Biol 883.01 – Seminar Series

Bay Conference Center                      Wednesdays, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Description: Intended for M.S. students at the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC). Research seminar series at RTC including invited and RTC graduate student presentations of research progress. Emphasis on effective research communication. Course may be repeated for a total of 4 units for credit.  
Units: 2
Instructor: Dr. Tomoko Komada

 

Chem 322.02 – Quantitative Analysis

SFSU                   Thursdays, 10:10 - 1:00
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 321, or grade of C or better in CHEM 321.
Description: For chemistry, biochemistry, and biology majors.
Practical experience in performing accurate and precise measurements of chemical species in a variety of real world samples using gravimetric, titrimetric, potentiometric, spectroscopic, and chromatographic methods. Students who have taken CHEM 320 cannot take CHEM 321/322 for credit. (Plus-minus letter grade only) (Charges for missing or damaged laboratory locker items apply.) Extra fee required.
Units: 2
Instructor: Dr. Tomoko Komada

 

Chem 380.01 – Chemistry Behind Environmental Pollution

SFSU       Thursdays, 3:35 - 4:50
Prerequisites: CHEM 115 or CHEM 180 with a grade of C- or better.
Description: Traditional and contemporary topics in environmental chemistry. Understanding and appreciation of various chemical processes and principles underlying environmental problems facing society. This course is offered as CHEM 380 and ENVS 380. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. Tomoko Komada

 

Geog 620/720 – Geographical Information Systems

SFSU      Tuesdays, 2:10 - 3:50 lecture
               Thursdays,TBD lab
Prerequisites: Prerequisite for GEOG 620: GEOG 603 or equivalent. Prerequisites for GEOG 720: Graduate standing; GEOG 603 or equivalent. 
Description: Theory and applications of Geographic Information Systems for automating, analyzing, and producing maps from geographic data. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 2 units. Extra fee required. (GEOG 620/720 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)
Units: 4
Instructor: Dr. Ellen Hines

 

Geog 857.01 – Issues in Marine and Estuarine Conservation

Kern Classroom                   Fridays, 9:45 AM -12:30 PM
Prerequisites: GEOG 801 or BIOL 708; or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of issues of marine, wetland and coastal conservation due to human exploitation of resources. Discussions include critical evaluations of landmark and current research; topics of relevance to individual student research. (Plus-minus letter grade only)
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. Ellen Hines

 

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