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Courses taught by Kevin Arrigo

- ESS151/251, ESYS151/251: Biological Oceanography:
Required for Earth Systems students in the Oceans track. Interdisciplinary look at how oceanic environments control the form and function of marine life. Topics: distributions of planktonic production and abundance, nutrient cycling, the role of ocean biology in the climate system, expected effects of climate changes on ocean biology. See also the class website.
3 or 4 units, Winter (Arrigo) alternate (even) years
- EESS143/243: Marine Biogeochemistry:
The course will provide a broad theoretical framework upon which graduate students and upper-level undergraduates can formulate an understanding of the processes that control the mean concentration and distribution of biologically utilized elements and compounds in the ocean. The course will focus on processes at the air-sea interface, the production of organic matter in the upper ocean, the remineralization of organic matter in the water column, and the processing of organic matter in the sediments. We will analyze the cycles of carbon and nutrients as well as develop an understanding of the role of the ocean carbon cycle in interannual to decadal variability, paleoclimate, and the anthropogenic carbon budget.. See also the class website.
3 or 4 units, Winter (Arrigo) alternate (even) years [for now replaced by Biological Oceanography]
- ESS141/241: Remote Sensing of the Oceans:
Required for Earth Systems students in the Oceans track. How to observe and interpret physical and biological changes in the oceans using remote technologies such as satellites and instrumented moorings. Topics: principals of satellite remote sensing, classes of satellite sensors and mooring platforms, converting radiometric data into biological quantities, sensor calibration and validation, interpreting large-scale oceanographic features. Prerequisites: GP130, ES130, or Hopkins 163H/263H. See also the class website.
4 units, Winter (Arrigo) alternate (odd) years
- ESS8 / EARTHSYS8: The Oceans: An Introduction to the Marine Environment:
For non-majors and majors in earth science or environmental science. Students will learn about the major ocean ecosystems and how they function both naturally and under the influence of human activities. Emphasis will be placed on the dominant organisms of each ecosystem and how they interact with each other and their physical and chemical environment. The types of ecosystems discussed will include coral reefs, deep-sea hydrothermal vents, coastal upwelling systems, blue-water oceans, estuaries, near-shore dead zones, etc. The course will incorporate a mix of lectures, multi-media presentations, and group activities. See also class website.
3 units, Spring (Arrigo)
- ESS244: Marine Ecosystem Modeling:
Practical background necessary to construct and implement a 2-dimensional (space and time) numerical model of a simple marine ecosystem. Computer programming, model design and parameterization, and model evaluation. Students develop and refine their own multi-component marine ecosystem model. See also class website.
3 units, Fall (Arrigo)
- GP233 Advanced Biological Oceanography
Info coming soon
? units (Arrigo)
- GP385C Topics in Biological Oceanography
Info coming soon
? units (Arrigo)
- BIOSCI109Z Coral Reef Ecology (part of OSP-Australia)
Info coming soon
? units (Arrigo)

More information about Oceanography at Stanford University, like other courses, faculty, "The Oceans" curriculum is available at ocean.stanford.edu/su