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Forest & Rangeland Stewardship Page 1 NR150: Oceanography COURSE SYLLABUS Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Warner College of Natural Resources Instructor Teaching Team Name: Dr. Ursula Quillmann Office: NR209 Bob Buford (Assistant Instructor) Office: NR209 [email protected] Phone: 970-491-7091 Jenny Morgan Office: NR218 [email protected] E-Mail: [email protected] Office Hours: See Office Hour Schedule And by Appointment Website: www.facebook.com/ColoOcean _________________________________________________________________________________________ Term: Fall 2018 Class Meeting Days: Tuesday and Thursday Class Meeting Hours: 9:30 to 10:45 Class Location: Clark 101A Course Credits: 3 __________________________________________________________________________________________ Office Hours Schedule* *Subject to Change Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays 8:30-9:00 Ursula/NR209 8:30-9:00 Ursula/NR209 9:00-3:00* Bob/NR209 or NR218 *starting 9/6 9:00-3:00* Bob/NR209 or NR218 *starting 9/6 11:00-12:00 Ursula/NR209 11:00-12:00 Ursula/ NR209 12:00-2:00 Jenny/NR218 12:00-2:00 Lizzie/NR370 12:00-2:00 Lizzie/NR370 12:00-1:30 Nora/NR218 1:45-2:45 Nora/NR218 1:45-2:45 Nora/NR218 1:00-2:00 Jenny/NR218 3:00-4:00 Nora and Jenny/NR218Forest & Rangeland Stewardship Page 2 **and by appointment Welcome! NR150 is a big lecture class, and again we have a full auditorium with ~345 students. Despite the large class size, we are dedicated to make this class as personal as we possibly can. We will offer ample office hours each week. We will schedule additional office hours for exam reviews and for help with homework assignments. We will also offer various workshops. If you are falling behind or are struggling, contact us sooner rather than later. It is easy to get distracted in a large class like this. Out of respect for your peers and your teaching team, let’s work together to keep the noise level down. Let me introduce our Teaching Team to you: Dr. Ursula Quilmann: I have been teaching NR150-Oceanography since Fall 2011. I took last semester off from teaching on campus because I had the opportunity to teach a Semester at Sea. We sailed the world with 600 students on board. We crossed the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, and sailed along the Atlantic coast of Africa and Europe. We stopped in eleven countries and witnessed firsthand the state of our coastlines. I am excited to share photos and stories with you throughout the semester. Oceanography never gets boring because there is so much research going on and I’ll do my best to incorporate the latest findings into my lectures. Additional research findings will be posted on our Facebook site. I encourage you to alert me if you come across any interesting articles or documentaries related to our class. You can send links to me directly or post them on our Facebook site. I am a paleoceanographer and my research interests are past abrupt climate changes. As human actions continue to change the Earth’s climate at an alarming rate, it is important to look into past climate changes prior to human influence on the climate to understand how the Earth’s climate system naturally has worked on its own in the past. Understanding past climate changes helps us to better understand the future. The ocean and climate are a coupled system, and the ocean influences the climate by storing and transporting heat. The ocean is also a major reservoir for carbon dioxide, a key greenhouse gas. Such changes are reflected in seawater properties, such as temperature, salinity, and seawater chemistry. Signals of past changes are preserved in ocean sediments. I analyze ocean sediments to learn more about past ocean circulation and climate since the last ice age. I specialize in ocean biogeochemistry, stable isotopes and trace and minor elements in biogenic calcium carbonate of foraminifera (microscopic marine protozoa). I am also interested in the stability of the Greenland ice sheet and past marine ecologies and environments. In recent years I have become more and more interested in modern oceanography, and I have realized the pressing need to protect our ocean and to protect the unique ecosystems and animals living in the ocean. I am looking forward to sharing my passion and my love for the ocean and our environment with you. Bob Buford: I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Quilmann for several semesters assisting her in not only Oceanography, but also in her other two classes, NR 130 and NR 370. I have an intense passion about our Ocean and learning more about them both through the classes and outside research. It is vitally important that we take the responsibility to clean up and save our ocean, as it is the engine that powers our world. If you find that you are in need of help please come to us sooner rather than later in the semester so that we can assist you and solve any issues you may have. Welcome to Oceanography and I hope you all learn a bit more about the importance of the oceans in our everyday life.Forest & Rangeland Stewardship Page 3 Jennifer Morgan: My name is Jenny and I’m a senior this year at CSU, studying for a Sociology degree in the liberal arts department. I spent my first two years in college at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison Colorado. When I’m not studying hard for classes I like to spend time by my pool, take hikes, rock climb and ride my mountain bike. I also love to spend as much time as I can by the ocean. Do not hesitate to come to me for help either through email or office hours! I look forward to a great semester! Course Overview The ocean is under greater pressure from anthropogenic influence than ever before, and therefore it is important that we try to understand the nature of oceanic processes. We will take an interdisciplinary approach by breaking oceanography into marine geology, chemistry, physics, and biology. In our geological oceanography component, we will explore how ocean basins and ocean floor features formed, such as ocean spreading ridges, trenches, and hydrothermal vents. Why is the ocean salty and where do the nutrients in the ocean come from? We will find out in our chemical oceanography component! The physical oceanography component addresses wave formation, tides, tsunamis, ocean surface and thermohaline circulation, and how these are constrained by ocean basins


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