Provides a comprehensive understanding of the Antarctic marine ecosystem. The unit covers several key areas, such as the basic oceanographic features of the region and how these influence the distribution and abundance of nutrients, the role of microorganisms in the nutrient cycle, phytoplankton and their role in the food web, zooplankton communities, fish and squid communities and the role of marine mammals and seabirds. The unit also deals with the unique adaptations required by Antarctic organisms to enable them to exist in a highly adverse environment. The growing importance of resource management for the Southern Ocean and the past and present history of exploitation of marine resources is also covered.
|Unit name||Antarctic Ecology|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Ecology and Biodiversity|Oceans and Cryosphere|
Prof MA Hindell
Dr Kerrie Swadling (Co-coordinator) and Guest contributors
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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Practical reports (40%), essay (20%), 2-hr exam in Nov (40%)
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