Marine ecology is a study of the organisms and processes of the ocean, including both water and sediment communities. This course teaches physical and chemical aspects, but emphasizes biological aspects of oceanography, and applies ecological and evolutionary principles to the study of marine life. Lectures introduce the major groups of marine organisms and cover the interrelationships of marine organisms and their environments. Organisms and communities from the following habitats are discussed: estuaries; the rocky intertidal; coral reefs; the coastal zone; the deep sea; and the open ocean. The course treats organisms as different as bacteria and whales. This course is required for the Marine Biology option of the undergraduate Oceanography concentration. Grading is based on three one-hour exams.