Crystal Ng

BA, University of California–Berkeley. PhD, Stanford University. Postdoctoral Fellow, Chapman University (2019-2020). Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Connecticut (2020-2021). Marine ecologist with a special interest in climate-change effects on species interactions in nearshore communities (kelp forests and intertidal pools). Author of articles on herbivore impacts on kelp, climate-change impacts on herbivore feeding rates, and overfishing. Previously taught at Chapman University and the University of Connecticut, Stamford campus. SLC, 2022–

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Marine Biology

Open, Seminar—Spring

The oceans cover more than 70 percent of our planet and provide 99 percent of habitable space. In this seminar, we will learn about the incredible biodiversity in the marine environment and the physical and chemical factors that allow the oceans to support such high diversity and productivity. We will cover physical processes, including circulation and the carbon pump, and abiotic factors that influence marine organisms, including light, nutrients, and temperature. Additionally, we will go over the major groups of invertebrates and vertebrates and the variety of ecosystems that these organisms inhabit, including coral reefs, mangrove forests, estuaries, and deep-sea communities. We will then examine human impacts on the oceans, focusing on fishing and climate change. Class activities may include trips to local tide pools.