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This field biology course will introduce students to the terrestrial and marine ecosystems of Hawai’i Island. Natural communities will be a major emphasis; we will cover forest ecology in the dynamic volcanic landscapes of Hawaii, including the native fauna (especially birds) and the massive threats posed by exotic animals and plants. Marine biology will be another major emphasis, including reef ecology and the opportunity to observe humpback whales, spinner dolphins and green sea turtles. Finally, we will discuss the unique conservation challenges on Hawai’i relating to invasive species, biosecurity, and Hawaiian culture and values. We will learn through active experiences such as service learning, visits and on-site lectures and discussions. You will be responsible for a short seminar on a topic of your choice, based on a literature review and field observations. Students may earn 3 credits for the course.

After completing this course, students will be able to:
• Identify native, endemic, and invasive plants and animals of Hawaii

• Apply knowledge of ecological processes that operate at different levels of organization to explain
impacts on native flora and fauna

• Generalize how micro-and macro-evolutionary processes are responsible for the observed patterns of biodiversity on the island

• Demonstrate the ability to properly investigate, document, organize, and present biological information in a written format to a general audience

Komo mai kau mapuna hoe – Dip your paddle in

/Join in the effort. – Hawaiian saying

Course Assignments:

25% – Personal Journal
25% – Exam(s)
30% – Research Presentation
20% – Deportment