Biology in Dingle
BI104 – Intro to Coastal Ecology of Ireland

This course is designed to introduce students to the coastal environment surrounding the Dingle, Peninsula.  Through multiple field trips and lecture, students are introduced to the abiotic and biotic processes that influence aquatic communities including coastal streams, rocky intertidal zones, sandy beaches, marshes, harbors, and the open ocean. Throughout the course, students discuss how human activities (commercial fishing, development, tourism, traditional farming, and aquaculture) affect both natural and human communities. Finally, students examine Ireland’s role in the global fisheries community and how commercial fishing and aquaculture are shaping Ireland’s future.