Coral Reefs: Ecology and Entrepreneurial Endeavors

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Fall 2017 quarter

Taught by

strategic planning, business management and entrepreneurship, accounting
marine science, zoology, ecophysiology

Coral reef ecosystems are the among the most biodiverse locations on our planet and also support many different business opportunities. These are highly valued ecosystems in many tropical parts of the world, but they face a suite of different threats to their continued healthy existence. We will examine the biology and ecology of coral reef ecosystems and explore the possibilities for entrepreneurs to develop sustainable business endeavors. We will learn about business strategies and career opportunities associated with coral reefs, sustainable development of ecotourism and objectives of environmental management. Lectures will cover topics such as the biodiversity of coral reefs, ocean acidification, strategic business planning, licensing, etc. Weekly seminars will focus on the interactions of humans and coral reefs, including ecotourism, coral reef restoration, threats due to climate change, etc. In labs and workshops, students will have opportunities to learn practical skills such as water quality monitoring. Students will undertake organized group projects to develop business plans linked with some aspect of ecotourism, coral reef restoration or scientific research on coral reefs. We will discuss how the skills and knowledge gained in this program can transfer to other ecosystems and other sustainable entrepreneurial endeavors.

Program Details

Fields of Study

business and management environmental studies marine science

Preparatory For

marine biology, restoration ecology, business, and ecotourism.


Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online


2017-05-01New fall opportunity added.