Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Exploring the Critical Interface Between the Land and Monterey Bay: Elkhorn Slough
This seminar will be focused around Elkhorn Slough—a small, agriculturally impacted estuary that opens into Monterey Bay—as a model ecosystem for understanding the critical importance and complexity of estuaries. You will be exposed to the basics of biogeochemistry, microbiology, oceanography, ecology, pollution, and environmental management issues through presentations and interactive discussion. The seminar will include numerous field trips to various sites in the Slough, one of California's largest and last remaining coastal wetlands, and will emphasize material covered in Jane Caffrey's book Changes in a California Estuary: A Profile of Elkhorn Slough.