BIOLOGY 273LA: Marine Ecology Lab

Reader requirements: professional experience in the Marine Sciences, who are frequent readers of science journal literature.

  1. Course Information
  2. Schedule
  3. Giving Feedback

Course Information

Instructor: Prof. Brian Silliman

Factors that influence the distribution, abundance, and diversity of marine organisms. Course structure integrates lectures, field excursions, lab exercises and an independent project. Lecture topics include physical characteristics of marine systems, adaptation to environment, species interactions, biogeography, larval recruitment, and biodiversity and conservation of communities found in rocky shores, tidal flats, beaches, marshes, mangrove, coral reefs, and subtidal areas. Given at Beaufort fall, spring, summer.

Student Writing Assignment

What are students writing? Scientific paper.
For whom? Scientists in the field of marine biology.
Where would such writing typically be found? Academic journals.
Why would someone usually read it? Readers would be interested in the article because they were conducting research on a similar or related topic or simply curious about the topic.

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Student – Reader Interactions

Here are the deadlines for students in the reader project:

(coming soon)

Link to full Syllabus:

Marine Ecology Syllabus 2015

Giving Feedback

Giving feedback is the activity around which the entire project is designed. You may have considerable professional experience giving feedback on writing — whether to colleagues, employees, or other contexts — or perhaps this is an fairly novel experience. Given the aims and nature of the Reader Project, we are hoping that our volunteers engage with student writing in a particular way–one that is quite different from what is conventionally done in other contexts.

The primary aim of the project is to help students really understand what it means to write for readers, rather than as a school assignment. Think about the following when you give feedback, whether in writing or in real time:

  • Respond as a reader rather than as an editor. (They can get basic editorial help from others.) Focus on sharing your reactions to the draft as a user of such writing. What are you thinking as you read? More