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Barrier Island Ecology

Target Audience: Undergraduate Student

Institution: University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab

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Course Description: This field course will familiarize students with concepts of coastal ecology with emphasis on the diversity of plant and animal communities unique to the northern Gulf of Mexico barrier island ecosystem. Field excursions to barrier islands off Mississippi and Florida coasts will be conducted during this course and cover topics such as: marsh and barrier island vegetation, aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, mammals, birds and reptiles, brackish pond and lagoon communities, submerged seagrass communities, intertidal and shallow subtidal communities, and geologic processes of island dynamics. Prerequisites: Three semesters of science or permission of instructor. COA 448/448L: Barrier Island Ecology, four credit hours (2/2)

Course Fees and Expenses:

Scholarships, Fellowships, Associated with the Course: A limited number of assistantships and scholarships are available to qualifying students attending the GCRL Summer Field Program. For more information, contact us at

Funding Source: Other

How to Apply: Fill out online application at:

Application Closing Date: 04/13/2018

Course Begins: 2018-05-14

Course Ends: 2018-06-01


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