BIO312 Marine Ecology of the Mediterranean Sea and North Africa (Signature Seminar; Fall, Spring)

Limited enrollment. This Signature Seminar studies the main coastal and marine ecosystems, the uses and misuses, the protection measures implemented, and how interactions of the different civilizations have shaped and “humanized” the Mediterranean environment. We research and compare the management practices between Europe and the North of Africa and visit key ecosystems, research facilities, and special interest areas.

Integrated throughout the course will be the skill set for earning SNSI Certification. The diving instruction will combine theory in the classroom setting and dives in the surrounding bodies of water: the Minor Sea and the Marine Reserve of “Islas Hormigas.” During these dives, you will also apply theoretical terms acquired in the classroom.

Enrollment priority goes to biology and related science majors and others with a demonstrated academic need (i.e., this course will fulfill a specified degree requirement).

Please note that for spring 2023, current restrictions will not allow travel to Morocco. The seminar schedule, itinerary, and procedures are subject to change without notice.

Requirements: Ability to swim 200 meters without swim aids or 300 meters with aids such as fins, mask, and snorkel, plus the ability to float without assistance of a flotation device for 10 minutes. Students placed in this seminar must submit a medical statement signed by their physician and a liability waiver.

Department: Biology

Location: Madrid

Semesters: Fall, Spring

Credits: 3