Center for Marine Science

Dr. Mallin's Course Listings

River Ecology
In odd-numbered years during the spring semester Dr. Mallin teaches River Ecology (BIO 568). This course is for graduate students and advanced undergraduates with permission. This is a 3 credit hour inter-disciplinary course that examines streams and rivers from the following perspectives:

  • Watersheds as ecosystems
  • Physical, chemical and biological aspects
  • Primary producers and consumers
  • Unifying concepts of river ecology
  • Urban versus rural stream systems
  • River fragmentation, dams and reservoir limnology
  • Disruptions of the ecosystem and river pollution
  • Local, state and federal environmental issues and regulatory structure

This course is taught on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:30 pm and includes two Saturday field trips. There are two exams, a paper and a presentation required (syllabus). Click to access class materials.

Estuarine Biology
In even-numbered years in spring semester Dr. Mallin teaches Estuarine Biology (BIO 560). This is a 4 hour lecture and laboratory graduate course that discusses the biological, physical, and chemical nature of estuarine systems. Subjects include types of estuaries, nutrient cycling in estuaries, terrestrial and marine flora and fauna of estuaries, trophic interactions within estuaries, estuaries as fisheries nursery areas, the ecology of tidal creeks, the pollution of estuaries and policies to protect these systems (syllabus). Lectures are held Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:30 pm. There are two exams, a paper, and a group project related to the offshore field trip required. Several field trips are included, to salt marshes, freshwater tidal marshes, tidal creeks, the Cape Fear River, and the coastal ocean (view photos).

Science and Coastal Ocean Policy
During Fall semesters Dr. Mallin and Dr. Larry Cahoon team-teach Science and Coastal Ocean Policy (MCOP 502). This is a 3 hour class that introduces graduate students entering the Masters in Coastal Ocean Policy Program to relevant science-oriented topics including various types of pollution affecting coastal waters including nutrient loading, eutrophication, stormwater runoff, sewage and septic systems and their problems, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), urbanization issues and industrial pollutants. Offshore energy issues (positives and negatives) will be covered, also climate-change, sea level rise and ocean acidification, as well as the impacts of hurricanes and other major storms on the coastal environment. Field trips are included to sites of local interest.