2021-2022 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    May 26, 2022  
2021-2022 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog
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MARS 204 - Biology and Conservation of Marine Turtles (2)


Overview of the biology and conservation of marine turtles. Topics covered include identification, distribution, nesting behavior, migratory behavior, feeding ecology, population biology and genetics, developmental habitats, temperature-dependent sex determination, paleontology, and conservation of marine turtles. Students obtain a detailed knowledge of sea turtle biology and gain an understanding of why many sea turtle species have become endangered and how proper management has allowed some populations to recover. Course culminates with a overnight, multi-day field trip to sea turtle nesting beaches and foraging grounds in the southeastern U.S. Includes visit to sea turtle research and rehabilitation facilities. Field trip provides students the opportunity to observe loggerhead, green, and leatherback turtles in their natural habitats. Prereq: Introductory biology course. Special fees apply and will be determined based on student enrollment in the course.



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