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1 The Science Of Marine Biology Chapter 1

2 Introduction Marine Biology is the scientific study of the organisms that live in the sea. Some valuable things that the ocean offers us…Food, Medicine, Raw Materials, Recreation, Tourism, Problems caused by marine organisms.

3 Introduction Why Study Marine Biology –To make full and wise use of the sea’s living resources –To solve problems that marine organisms create –To predict the effect of human activities on the life of the sea –To learn about the past as well as about ourselves

4 The Science of Marine Biology Part 1 of 2

5 The Science of Marine Biology Marine biology is a general science of biology applied to the sea. It is very similar to biological oceanography, there is no real clear cut difference between them, so scientists often use the terms synonymously Some of the vague differences between the two are…

6 The Science of Marine Biology Marine biologists usually study organisms near the shore Marine biologists study organisms from the organism’s point of view Biological oceanographers often study organisms that are found in the deep ocean. Biological oceanographers study organisms from the ocean’s point of view

7 The History of Marine Biology Your first project will be based on the history of marine biology. You must make a timeline and a summary of the timeline. Project directions were given out yesterday.

8 Marine Biology Today Oceanographic ships and shore- based laboratories are used by marine biologists. Many Universities also operate research vessels. Many research vessels were built for other uses and were modified for research. More and more vessels are being made specifically for research.

9 Marine Biology Today ROV – Remotely operated vehicles AUV – Autonomous underwater vehicles Marine animals can also be used by attaching sensors, oceanographic data can be collected throughout their life. Automated instruments that stay put for long periods of time.

10 Figure 1.09

11 Marine Biology Today Marine laboratories have come along way such as underwater laboratories that scientists can live in for weeks at a time. New technology offers exciting opportunities for the study of the sea (computers and satalites) Remote sensing technology is the technology used to study the earth and oceans from afar.

12 Figure 1.11

13 Marine Biology Today Marine biologists use every available tool in their studies. However the ocean still remains a mystery.

14 The Scientific Method Part 2 of 2

15 The Scientific Method Science works. It has changed the world. Science continues to progress through the use of the scientific method (set of procedures that scientists use to learn about the world).

16 Observation: The Currency of Science Senses are used to learn about the outside world – senses may be magnified (microscope, etc.) Without objective observation science could not exist as it does today.

17 Two Ways of Thinking Most of what is known about marine life has been learned through observation. Induction: –Make observations (With no goal or preconception about the outcome) –These observations suggest a general conclusion Observations – shellfish, shark, sailfish all have gills, they are also all fish. Conclusion – all fish have gills –Why must scientists be careful when using induction?

18 Two Ways of Thinking Deduction –General Statement about nature and predict what the specific consequences would be if this statement were true. Suppose induction were used to make the general “All marine animals have gills”. One could then reason that if all marine animals have gills and whales are marine animals, then whales have gills. This can be easily tested by observing a whale.

19 Figure 1.21

20 Testing Ideas Both inductive and deductive reasoning lead scientists to make statements that might be true (hypothesis). A critical part of the scientific method is that all hypothesis are testable.

21 Testing Ideas Constructing the hypothesis –Hypothesis must be constructed in a way in which it can be tested. See figure 1.21 on the next slide. –Poor hypothesis: Somewhere in the ocean there are mermaids. Can not be proved false. It is NOT testable!

22 Testing Ideas Nature of Scientific Proof –No hypothesis can ever be proved true. In science there are no absolute truths. –When a hypothesis withstands many tests, it is accepted to be true (scientists do NOT prove hypothesis, they accept them) –The bottom line in science is observation NOT human ideas or beliefs.

23 Testing Ideas Testing the Hypothesis –Scientists can not prove a hypothesis so they attempt to disprove it. –Most of the time it hypothesis are continually refined, modified or rejected, and alternative hypothesis are proposed as more observations are made. These observations are often based on experiments.

24 Testing Ideas –Suppose a marine biologist wanted to study the effect of temperature on growth of muscles. –Describe in detail what this marine biologist could do to test the hypothesis that muscles grow faster in warm water. Be sure to use a variable in your controlled experiment. –See figure 1.22

25 Figure 1.22a

26 Figure 1.22b

27 Testing Ideas Scientific theory –A theory has past so many tests that it is generally accepted as true. Any theory may be overturned by new evidence.

28 Limitations to the Scientific Method No one is completely objective personal beliefs may skew observations in the laboratory. Science can not decide what is beautiful. Science can not tell humanity how to use the knowledge and technology that it produces. These things depend on values, feelings, and beliefs which are beyond the scope of science.


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