Impacts of Predators On Marine Ecosystems
Current global declines in marine predators could have the unintended consequence of degrading marine habitats. Marine habitats including kelp beds, seagrass, mangroves, salt marshes and coral reefs will be examined to document the widespread effects of changing predator populations. Students will discuss the impact of fewer predators on coastal stability, resilience and diversity of plant communities and coral reefs. Students will synthesize scientific literature to explore the direction of trophic cascades in kelp forests, seagrasses, salt marshes, mangroves, and coral reefs in relation to declines in predators and review the changes to the ecosystem services provided by marine habitats.
Aug 23, 2021 — Oct 17, 2021
For credit cost: $1950