Class on November 15, 2018

Rob introduced the course final project and went over the requirements:

Capstone Project


  • To synthesize knowledge gained during the semester
  • To demonstrate understanding of marine food webs and plankton dynamics
  • To demonstrate proficiency in programming with the Python language

A. "Perfecting" the NPZ model for Narragansett Bay to closely match the observed data.
B. Applying the NPZ model to other estuaries that are less data rich.
C. Building a food-web model for a hydrothermal vent system.
D. Another topic you choose in consultation with the instructors.

Groups: Team of 1 computer person + 1 bio-ish person


  • functional and appropriately annotated python code
  • README file to go along with code
  • individual written reports
  • team oral 20-minute presentations
    • computer person presents the science portion
    • bio-ish person presents the python code portion
Due dates:

Tuesday 6 December: First draft
Tuesday 13 December: Written report and final presentations.

Students were advised to follow the template for report writing that was distributed for Report 1.

Motivating materials for the three capstone topics (such as National Estuarine Research Reserves site and hydrothermal vent science sites) were then presented and students asked questions before formulating tentative teams for pursuing the option most interesting to them.

Ideally, each project team would include a science-leaning person and a technology-leaning person so as to gain a comfortable symbiosis required for the final project.