Thursdays, 7 period
Voyage of the turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth’s Last Dinosaur
Sea turtles are among the most magnificent megafauna we encounter in the ocean. The story of these iconic creatures is one of survival and resilience, especially in today’s world. In this course, we will cover the book The Voyage of the Turtle by Carl Safina, which explores the plight of sea turtles and how human intervention has impacted both positively and negatively these animals and their ecosystems. During weekly discussions, students will learn not only about sea turtles but also about the scientific, political, and cultural challenges encountered while conducting marine conservation around the world. This will provide students with a better understanding of current issues faced in the marine environment and help them reflect on what the ocean means to them and what steps they can take to make a positive impact on the marine environment.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: (1) Appreciate sea turtles and other endangered marine species, (2) describe the impact of human activities on marine life, (3) explain how scientific, cultural, and political issues affect the conservation and management actions carried out in the marine environment, and (4) recognize steps they can take to make a positive impact on the ocean.
Assignments will include weekly readings of the Voyage of the Turtle book and in-class discussions led by students. Each student will also be required to make an Infographic and a final presentation on a topic of their interest related to the book.
Students in the UF Honors Program