Welcome to Lovett's Marine Biology Wiki

Marine Biology is a year long advanced biology elective course offered to juniors and seniors only. Prerequisites for the course include one year of introductory biology and one year of chemistry.

The textbook used is Marine Biology 8th edition c. 2010 by Peter Castro and Michael Huber. The course focuses on the history of oceanography, marine chemistry, and marine ecology in the fall semester and evolution and a general overview of the major marine animal phyla in the spring. We will also read Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg early in spring semester. Dissection is a tool used in the study of many of the marine species, culminating with the dissection of the spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias). A field trip to the University of Georgia's marine satellite station near Savannah in the spring to explore salt marsh ecosystems, perform plankton tows, shrimp trawls, barrier island succession study, and other lab investigations are important portions of the course.

Students are required to maintain a marine aquarium throughout the year. Each individual or group is responsible for coming up with a project, formulating a hypothesis, making observations, collecting data on the experiment as well as the changes in tank parameters (nitrogen cycle, pH, alkalinity, temperature, salinity), and posting their results on this wiki page (see Projects link). Each group will make a formal presentation to the class in the spring.

Projects for 2015-16 will include, but are not limited to observation and manipulation of the multiple species of damselfish to observe interactions, especially aggression. Students will observe the reproductive pairs of Amphipiron spp., the clown anemonefish. Reproductive behavior of other fish such as the blue damselfish (Chrysiptera cyanea), blue chromis (Chromis viridis), and Bangaii cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni)
will be encouraged and hopefully observed. Coral propagation is a project for a student, and this year, the soft and hard corals raised over the past year will be sold. The class will also work with comparing the growth rates of SPS corals in different lighting conditions. Students will use our new kriesels continue to raise moon jellies at Lovett!

A number of projects will be carried out at The Georgia Aquarium. These projects will be carried out by students who apply and are accepted as interns to work at the Georgia Aquarium. The projects are to be determined by Dr. Reynolds and the Georgia Aquarium staff members and will be announced in August/September 2015, the start of the new semester.