ENVIRON 205. Marine Megafauna – Nicholas School Undergraduate Programs

ENVIRON 205. Marine Megafauna

Instructor:  Meagan Dunphy-Daly 
Curriculum Code: NS, STS
Credit: 1 Unit
Course Travel?: Yes
Prerequisites?: No

This course covers the ecology, systematics, behavior and conservation of large marine animals including giant squid, bony fishes, sharks, sea turtles, seabirds, and marine mammals. It introduces students to the relations between ocean dynamics and large marine animals, and provides students insights in the roles that marine megafauna species play in ocean ecosystems.

Whales, dolphins, sea turtles and other large marine species are incredibly charismatic. These compelling species have a great deal to teach us about marine ecology, conservation and ocean dynamics. This course includes possible field trips to the Duke Marine Lab and the Smithsonian Institution’s Sant Ocean Hall.


A cap has been placed on Marine Megafauna to save spaces for first year students and sophomores who are interested in enrolling. Because of this cap, you may be placed on a waitlist temporarily.

For information email megafauna@nicholas.duke.edu