Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

2017 Fall Semester Courses

Biol 160 – Introduction to Marine Biology

SFSU      Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:10 PM - 7:25 PM
Description: Introduction to the marine environment including oceanic, intertidal, and near shore communities of plants, animals, and microbes. Emphasis is on marine biological and chemical processes and environmental issues both locally and globally.
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. William Cochlan

Biol 555 – Marine Invertebrate Zoology

SFSU      Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:10 PM - 5:00 PM class and lab
Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors.
Comparative laboratory and field study of local marine invertebrate animals; evolution and functional morphology. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and field work, 2 units. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Instructor: Dr. Sarah Cohen


Biol 570 - Biology of Fishes

SFSU            Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:10 PM - 5:00 PM
Prerequisites:  ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of credit or C- or higher; BIOL 230, BIOL 240, or consent of instructor.
Description: Morphology, physiology, behavior, ecology, distribution, classification, and evolution of marine and fresh water fishes; California species. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and field work, 2 units. Two weekend field trips. Extra fee required. (ABC/NC grading only)
Units: 4
Instructor: Dr. Karen Crow


Biol 580.01 – Limnology

SFSU                 Thursdays, 9:30 AM -11:30 AM
Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240; CHEM 215, CHEM 216. A course in ecology is recommended.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of inland waters. Individual field projects. Field trips conducted during class time. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. Ed Carpenter

Biol 582 - Biological Oceanography

Bldg 39              Mondays, Lecture 10:10 AM - 12:00 PM
Bldg 36, Keck Laboratory                Mondays, Lab 1:10 - 4:00
Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 240
Description: Physical characteristics of oceans; biology of plankton and benthos, emphasizing production and food webs. Identification, sampling, and productivity measurements of marine organisms. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory and field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 4
Instructor: Dr. Ed Carpenter


Biol 617 – Environmental Physiology

Online     Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:35 PM- 4:50 PM
Prerequisites: BIOL 612 or BIOL 630.
Description: Intended for majors.
The physiological and biochemical mechanisms underlying adaptation of animals to diverse environments. (Plus-minus letter grade only)
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. Jonathon Stillman


Biol 708 – Scientific Methods for Professional Aquatic Scientists

 Kern Classroom                Fridays, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to research tools and approaches used by scientists including: software for data analysis and presentation, using scientific literature, experimental design, writing scientific papers and proposals, professional communication (oral, poster, letter), time and stress management. (Plus-minus letter grading only)
Units: 3
Instructors: Dr. Jonathon Stillman and Dr. William Cochlan

Biol 863 – Ecosystem Ecology

Bldg 36 NERR Conference Room       Thursdays, 10:10 AM - 12:00PM
Prerequisites: Graduate status and consent of instructor
Description: Review of pulished scientific literature to investigate the interaction between extuaries and adjacent coasts, and the impact on the different communities.
Units: 2
Instructor: Dr. Frances Wilkerson


Chem 380.01 – Chemistry Behind Environmental Pollution

SFSU       Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:35 PM - 4:50 PM
Prerequisites: CHEM 115 or CHEM 180 with a grade of C- or better.
Description: Traditional and contemporary topics in environmental chemistry. Understanding and appreciation of various chemical processes and principles underlying environmental problems facing society. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. Tomoko Komada

ERTH 435 - Coastal Processes

Kern Classroom            Mondays, Lecture 1:40-3:30 PM Lab 3:40 - 6:30 PM
Prerequisites: Prerequisites for ERTH 434: MATH 226, PHYS 111 or PHYS 220, or consent of instructor.
Description: Dynamics of the nearshore ocean and interactions with the coast and beaches. Topics include tides, coastal waves and currents, sediment transport and beaches, inner shelf processes, and estuarine dynamics. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and fieldwork, 1 unit. 
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. Piero Mazzini

Geog 629 – Marine/Coastal GIS

Kern Classroom                   Fridays, 9:10 AM -1:00 PM
Prerequisites: GEOG 603 or consent of instructor.
Description: GIS for partial analysis to support coastal and marine research. Benthic habitat mapping, mapping and visualization for coastal/marine applications, spatial analysis of marine animal movements, habitat modeling and mapping of marine protected areas.
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. Ellen Hines


MSCI 709 - Foundations in Global Change in Urbanized Coasts and Estuaries

Kern Classroom                     Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:10 AM - 12:00 PM
Prerequisites:  Admission to the Interdisciplinary MS RIP TIDES Graduate Training Program; concurrent enrollment in BIOL 708.
Description: Developing interdisciplinary working knowledge at intersection of global change (climate change, ocean acidification, invasive species, disease, land use), coastal oceanography (physical, biological, chemical, geological), geological), marine/estuarine biology (biodiversity, population, ecosystem, physiology), and societal issues (general public, managers, policymakers). (Plus-minus letter grade only)
Units: 6
Team taught

MSCI 883.01 – Seminar in Marine Biology

Bay Conference Center                      Wednesdays, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Description: Intended for M.S. students at the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC). Research seminar series at RTC including invited and RTC graduate student presentations of research progress. Emphasis on effective research communication. Course may be repeated for a total of 4 units for credit.  
Units: 2
Instructor: Dr. Tomoko Komada

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