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11:628:320 Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems 2015



































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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An overview of the fundamental processes in the marine environment with emphasis on interdisciplinary linkages in the functioning of marine ecosystems. Understanding the dynamics in the physics, chemistry, and biology of the oceans will be emphasized.



































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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This schedule may change as the semester progresses. Check back here regularly for possible updates, and links to lecture presentations.



































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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John Wilkin (physics) 848-932-3366  jwilkin@rutgers.edu



































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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Liz Sikes (geochemistry) 848-932-3257 sikes@marine.rutgers.edu



































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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Heidi Fuchs (biology) 848-932-3252 hfuchs@marine.rutgers.edu



































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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Alex Lopez (TA) 848-932-3365 alopez@marine.rutgers.edu
     Office Hours: By appointment, room 210 (suite 214) in Marine & Coastal Sciences building




































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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Class meets: Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 2:15 pm to 3:35 pm in FS-109 (Food Science Building, corner College Farm and Dudley Roads)



































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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Selected chapters are available on reserve in the Chang Library. These are highlighted in the Reading column below. To access them, go to the libraries homepage at http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu. On the left hand column click on Find Reserves and enter the course number 11:628:320 or search by instructor name Sikes. They are also linked through the course Sakai page.




































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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Lecture Date Day Recitation Topic (links are to lecture notes ppt/pdf) Lecturer Reading

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  Theme 1. Vertical structure of the open ocean: Biology of the mixed layer



































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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1 2-Sep W No recitation Orientation
Fuchs Sikes

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2 4-Sep F
Wind-driven mixing at the ocean surface Wilkin Mann and Lazier chapters 3.1, 3.2, 3.3.1, and 3.3.2

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3 8-Sep T

Sources of nutrients, N2 fixation, PO4 |
Homework 1 distributed (click for pdf)
Sikes
Libes 2nd ed: Chap 9 pp 221-227 and 232-236; Chap 10 pp 237-246; Chap 24 pp 680-687

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4 9-Sep W Recitation 1 pm Primary production in the mixed layer
Fuchs Mann and Lazier chapters 3.3.3 to 3.7

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5 11-Sep F
Seasonal succession and the spring bloom Fuchs Pomeroy et al. 2007

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14-Sep
M

Pelagic food webs and the microbial loop | Homework 1 due Fuchs


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16-Sep
W
Recitation 1 pm Nitrogen-phytoplankton-zooplankton models |
Homework 2 distributed (click for pdf) NPZ Visualizer
Wilkin

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Theme 2: Coastal Upwelling     



































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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8
18-Sep F

Coriolis force and Ekman transport Wilkin

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9
21-Sep M

Coastal Upwelling
Wilkin

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10
23-Sep W
No recitation
Upwelling nutrients and tracers Sikes
Libes 2nd edition: Chap 16 pp 403-418

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11
25-Sep F
Review for exam during class time | Homework 2 due TA

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Exam 1 28-Sep M
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Theme 3: Equatorial Circulation and El Nino



































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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12 30-Sep W No recitation Concepts in biogeochemical cycles 
Sikes Libes 2nd edition section 1.3 pp4-8 sect 21.6 pp 553-556

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13 2-Oct
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Geochemical tracers | Homework 3 distributed (click for pdf)
Sikes Libes 1st edition: Chap 29 pp 557-581

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14 5-Oct M
Larval transport | Term Paper Topic due Fuchs

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15 7-Oct W Recitation 1 pm Fisheries: CalCoFI case study Fuchs
Mann and Lazier chapter 5

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16 9-Oct F
Equatorial atmosphere-ocean dynamics
Wilkin

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17 12-Oct M
El Nino Southern Oscillation
Wilkin

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18 14-Oct W No recitation Paleoceanographic record of ENSO  Sikes

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19 16-Oct F
Recitation during class time | Homework 3 due
Term Paper Info
TA

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20 19-Oct M
ENSO related variability and fisheries
Fuchs
Chavez et al. 2003

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Exam 2 21-Oct W

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Theme 4: Global climate system

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21
23-Oct F

Global ocean circulation (1): Wind-driven gyre-scale circulation of the surface ocean and thermocline | Homework 4 distributed (pdf) and link to IPCC AR5 reports
Wilkin

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22 26-Oct M
Global ocean circulation (2): Transport, conservation properties  | Term Paper 1 Page Outline due on Sakai Wilkin

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23 28-Oct
W No recitation Global ocean circulation (3): Water mass properties, polar convection, tracer distributions, global thermohaline circulation Wilkin

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24 30-Oct
F
No class


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25 2-Nov
M
Ocean/atmosphere CO2 exchange
Sikes Libes 2nd edition: Chap 25 pp 724-735
Tips for Good Writing and Wells 2004

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26 4-Nov
W Recitation 1 pm Carbonates, Paleoclimate, Circulation
Sikes

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27 6-Nov
F
Bio-impacts of climate change (1)
Fuchs

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28 9-Nov
M
Bio-impacts of climate change (2)
Fuchs

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29 11-Nov
W Recitation 1 pm
CO2 and the carbonate system ocean and sediments |
Term Paper Tips
Sikes
Libes 2nd edition: Chap 25 pp 735-758. Chapter 13 pp 213-220 of online book Introduction to Physical Oceanography, by R.H. Stewart

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Exam 3 13-Nov F

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Theme 5: Land-Ocean Interactions

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30 16-Nov
M

Coastline processes Sikes

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31 18-Nov
W No recitation Estuarine circulation Wilkin

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32
20-Nov
F
Estuarine larval transport
Fuchs

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33 23-Nov
M
Chemistry of estuaries | Homework 4 due Sikes
Libes 2nd edition: Ch 28 pp 765-778, 782-786, 787-796

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34
25-Nov
W No recitation
No class


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35
30-Nov
M
Marine Pollution: Estuaries to the open sea Sikes

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36 2-Dec
W Recitation 1 pm Ocean acoustics: physics
Wilkin

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37 4-Dec
F
Ocean acoustics: biology Fuchs

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38 7-Dec
M
Review for exam | Term Papers due Monday Dec 7 by 4 pm
All

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Exam 4 9-Dec
W
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