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RSP 204 - The Gulf of Maine: Archaeology, Ecology, and Environmental Change

The Gulf of Maine class describes the methods and theories used by archaeologists, geologists, marine scientists, environmental scientists, and policy makers to understand changes in human life ways and environmental conditions over time. Attention is given to reconstruction of changes in sea level over time; excavation and interpretation of archaeological materials from maritime sites; understanding of species distribution and interaction over time; and policy making related to environmental change of the Anthropocene.  Issues in coastal erosion, declining cod stocks, predator-prey relations, environmental restoration, and cultural heritage will be covered. Six integral laboratories will focus on the Gulf of Maine. Some attention will be given to specific topics such as regional climatic change, the Casco Bay Estuary Project, and research institutes focused on marine environments in the Gulf of Maine. Open to all USM students. Cr. Lec 3, Lab 1.

Credits: 4

Meets the Following Core Requirement: Science Exploration
Course Typically Offered: Spring
Course Type: Russell Scholars Program

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