Biology 319 – Oceanic Island Ecology
1 credit – Spring 2015

Instructors:PhoneEmail AddressOffice
Dr. Charles Booth  860-465-5260 Science 357
Dr. Josh Idjadi 860-465-0034  Science 365
Dr. Ross Koning 860-933-2712  Science 356
Dr. Brett Mattingly 860-465-4499  Science 364

Course Objectives:
BIO 319 examines the biogeography of marine and terrestrial plants and animals on oceanic islands and adjacent waters. Examples will be drawn from Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Galapagos, Hawaii and other islands. Learning will be tested through weekly quizzes and a final exam. This course is a prerequisite for BIO 320 Tropical Biology–San Salvador; students who plan to use the combination of BIO 319 and BIO 320 to fulfill an upper-level course requirement for the biology major (or minor) must pass both courses with a grade of C- or better.

Students who plan to use the combination of BIO 319 and BIO 320 to fulfill an upper-level course requirement for the biology major (or minor) must have completed the four biology major core courses (BIO 120, 130, 220, 230) by the end of the spring 2015 semester.

Class Meeting Times:
Mondays, March 9, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in Science 134.

Bio 319 Final Exam: May 4 5:00 - 7:00 PM Science 134.

Assigned Readings:
Carlquist, S. 1981. Chance dispersal. Scientific American. 69: 509-516.
Case, T. J. and M. L. Cody. 1987. Testing theories of island biogeography. Amer.Sci. 75: 402-411.
Goreau, T. F., N. I. Goreau, and T. J. Goreau. 1979. Corals and coral reefs. Sci. Amer. 241(2): 124-136., Alternate source.
Jackson, J. B. C. 1997. Reefs since Columbus. Coral Reefs 16 (Suppl): S23-S32.
Sealey, N. 2006. Bahamian landscapes. 3rd ed. Media Publishing, Nassau, Bahamas. Introduction (pp. viii-ix); Chapter 1 (pp. 1-13).

Tentative Lecture Schedule:
March 9 Booth: Geological origin of oceanic islands.
March 23 Quiz 1. Idjadi: Structure and organization of coral reefs. Download Slides (93.5 Mb)
March 30 Quiz 2. Idjadi: Threats to Coral Reefs. Download Slides (33.1 Mb)
View Steve Palumbi's The Sea is Green video.
Koning: View DVD episode on Galapagos Islands. Download Notes
Homework: Review of Cladistics with Clade Critters.
April 6 Quiz 3J and 3R. Koning: Galapagos review + transition to: viewing of The Beak of the Finch and analysis.
Review of formation of Hawaii. Review of cladistics homework. Evolution of organisms on Hawaii (adaptive radiation, endemism, extinction). Download Slides (11.4 Mb)
April 13 Quiz 4. Mattingly: Theory of island biogeography (McArthur and Wilson); plant and animal dispersal mechanisms. Download Slides (6 Mb)
April 20 Quiz 5. Koning: Formation of San Salvador Island: geology, meterology, and modes of transport of colonizers. Download Slides (13 Mb) Idjadi: Nearshore marine habitats of San Salvador Island:
Seagrass Communities (78.7 Mb)
Mangal Communities (74.5 Mb)
April 27 Quiz 6J and 6R. Mattingly: Terrestrial habitats of San Salvador Island.
Booth: Preparation for Bio 320 field trip to San Salvador Island. Download Powerpoint (37.3 Mb).
May 1 11AM Optional: ECSU pool session to try out your snorkeling gear and skills.
Need to bring suit, gear, and ID with you for the pool.
May 4 Comprehensive Final Exam. Last minute announcements for BIO 320 field trip to San Salvador Island, Bahamas.

The course grade for BIO 319 will be based on participation (20%), quizzes (40%), and the final exam (40%).

If you are a student with a disability and believe you will need accommodations for this class, it is your responsibility to contact the Office of AccessAbility Services at (860) 465-5573. To avoid any delay in the receipt of accommodations, you should contact the Office of AccessAbility Services as soon as possible. Please note that we cannot provide accommodations based upon disability until we have received an accommodation letter from the Office of AccessAbility Services. Your cooperation is appreciated.

This page © Ross E. Koning 1994.

Go to the Course Schedule Page.

Go to the Plant Physiology Information Homepage.

Send comments and bug reports to Ross Koning at koningre∂gmail⋅com.