Mucking About in the Marsh – Salt Marsh Ecology

Students in this field course will spend five days at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC, exploring the diversity of the coastal wetlands, their ecological functions and the critical services they provide humans.  Students will design and carry out short term field experiments in the marsh and will compare the biodiversity of the salt marsh to nearby oyster reefs, sea grass beds and sandy beach habits. Students should expect to get their feet wet and their hands muddy as we chase fish, crabs, snails and microbes around the NC coast.