Marine Paleoecology

Course Number: 
SIO 243
Course Description: 
Paleoecology of marine plankton, nekton, and benthos. Patterns and changes in marine communities and ecosystems over geological time in relation to changes in the physical, chemical, and geological environment and biotic interactions. The preservation filter and inference of ecological processes from fossils and biogeochemical proxies. Biotic interchanges, incumbency, escalation and trends, mass extinctions, and recovery. Lectures, seminar discussion, laboratory, and field trips.
Prerequisites: 
bachelor’s degree in science or consent of instructor; open to undergraduates with completion of SIO 104 and either BIEB 130 or BIEB 140, or equivalent.
Number of Units: 
4