ENVI 253
Coral Reefs Fall 2009
Division III Writing Skills
Cross-listed GEOS 253
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Coral reefs worldwide face mounting ecological pressures from climate warming, coral diseases, dredging, pollution, overfishing, and increased destruction caused by boat anchors, boat groundings, and mauling by recreational divers. Evaluating the present and long-term effects of these factors depends on an understanding of the complex dynamics of reef systems. This tutorial will investigate the geology, sedimentology, biogeochemistry, and ecology of coral reefs, both modern and ancient. The course will be linked to a 2010 winter study course during which we will map a modern fringing reef complex on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Participation in the winter study excursion is not required of tutorial enrollees, but the tutorial is a prerequisite for the winter study course.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1744
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on six 2500-word (about 5 pages) papers, discussion, and critical analysis; there will be a strong focus on polished writing and argument, and papers will be thoroughly edited for style, grammar and syntax
Extra Info: students will improve their writing by integrating into successive papers the editorial comments they receive, and also by editing the writing of their tutorial partners
Extra Info 2: satisfies the "Natural World" requirement for the Environmental Studies concentration
Prerequisites: one Geosciences course or instructor consent
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores
Distributions: Division III Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GEOS 253 Division III ENVI 253 Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
GEOS Oceanography, Stratigraphy + Sedimentation
MAST Interdepartmental Electives

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