University of California San Diego

Introduction to Seaweeds

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Ira "Ike" Levine
Jennifer Smith

Instructors: Ira "Ike" Levine


(35 reviews)

Intermediate level

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26 hours to complete
3 weeks at 8 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Introductory seaweed farming techniques.

    Basic seaweed cultivar domestication.

    Seaweed identification, systematics and evolutionary relationships.

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There are 7 modules in this course

This section will cover what algae are, how they've evolved, and how they've transformed our planet. We will also go over how humans have used algae throughout history.

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4 videos7 readings3 quizzes

Algae are extremely diverse, and in this section you will learn about the three distinct seaweed taxa.

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4 videos8 readings4 quizzes

Seaweeds are found almost everywhere and have complex ecologies. This section covers the basics of seaweed ecology including some of the organisms they interact with in nature and in industrial settings.

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5 videos10 readings5 quizzes

This week includes techniques for the cultivation and marine agronomy of seaweeds including open water and tank cultivation.

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6 videos12 readings6 quizzes

This section will cover how humans have used seaweed as a medicine, in religion and folklore, and in community events throughout history.

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2 videos4 readings2 quizzes

In this section we will examine the important steps of seaweed product development and utilization. From simple foods to fuels and plastics.

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4 videos8 readings4 quizzes

In the final week of this course, we will describe modern biotechnology efforts to improve the nature of seaweed cultivars through the use of genetic manipulation and modification.

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2 videos4 readings2 quizzes


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4.8 (17 ratings)
Ira "Ike" Levine
University of California San Diego
4 Courses40,247 learners
Jennifer Smith
University of California San Diego
1 Course3,163 learners

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