Further information on Fall 2018 courses


Gary Wagenbach: Corals and Coral Reefs – What do they tell us about human impact?


Course texts:

Readings will be from the following:

 *Forest Rohwer with Merry Youle, Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas. 2010, Plaid Press.  Available from Amazon in Kindle format and new and used paperback (from $5.98 to $14.15).

**Charles Sheppard, Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction. 2014, Oxford.  Available from Amazon in Kindle format and new and used paperback (from $2.65  to $10.26).


Class schedule:

This is an outline, subject to modification of sequencing and readings depending on participant interests. Some additional reading to be assigned. Perspectives from fields of investigation will include marine biology, ecology, environmental science , policy, and conservation. Videos will be used during class instruction. Some handouts will be duplicated and given out in class, in a course packet (cost $5, included in course fee of $55 = $50 tuition + $5 packet).


Date Topic Readings* Readings**
9/12 How to build a reef I

A global perspective – coral a most amazing creature

pp. 16-34 Chapters 1-4
9/19 How to build a reef II

Ancient and modern reefs – presence on Earth for a long time

pp. 23-34 Chapters 1-4
9/26 Stressors on reefs

Diseases, algae, fishing, and microbes in the Anthropocene

pp. 35-54 Chapter 7
10/3 Corals as both plant and animal

Bleaching – causes & consequences

pp. 35-68 p. 30, pp. 90-101
Ocean acidification in the Anthropocene
pp. 49-53
Chapter 8, pp. 101-102
10/17 Microbes/algae/disease: overfishing – Jamaican case

Christmas Atoll and DDAMnation – overfishing

More nutrients = more algae

pp. 69-96

pp. 97-114

pp. 117-144

Chapters 5-7
Alan Anderson – Northfield activist responds to climate change in the Anthropocene
Chapter 8
Giving coral reefs a chance marine reserves and other conservation efforts
pp. 97-168
Chapter 9