DescriptionThis short course highlights several popular movies with strong biology themes or messages. Scenes from each movie will be explored with a critical eye for scientific accuracy ranging from specific details to broad concepts and themes.;;Some examples of topics and movies could include:;-- genetics, paleontology; Jurassic Park;-- entomology; social structures; A Bug’s Life;-- microbiology and epidemiology 101; Outbreak;-- coral reef fishes; Finding Nemo;-- sharks and the Sharm El-Sheikh attacks; Jaws;-- polar climates; overfishing; Happy Feet;-- climate change; The Day After Tomorrow;;As appropriate, brief discussions of the underlying science will take place before or after each scene is viewed.;;Many people tend to consider cinema purely as a form of entertainment, but an overarching goal of the course is to teach participants to think critically about scientific information as presented in 'the movies'. The movie selections will feature both 'right' and 'wrong' presentations of science for comparison.;
Mikeﾑs research interests are focused on coral reef ecology, including larval connectivity in coral reef fishes, movement ecology of coral reef organisms, biogeography, and the impact of climate change on coral reef ecosystems.
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