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Southern Ocean Zooplankton Ecology KSA715


Two week intensive unit with pre-unit reading.

Offered subject to sufficient enrolments.


The unit covers aspects of Antarctic and marine zooplankton including biodiversity, life cycles, spatial/temporal ecology and climate change issues. Practicals will involve laboratory identification and investigation techniques, and literature investigations of marine zooplankton research. There will also be tasks designed to explore zooplankton datasets using current statistical methods and software.
The course is coordinated by A/Professor Kerrie Swadling (Rm 109G, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, IMAS Waterfront Building, Ext 6903), and you should see her if you have any questions about the general running of the unit.
This unit provides the necessary training to undertake further research in Southern Ocean Zooplankton Ecology and keep participants abreast of developments in the discipline.


Unit name Southern Ocean Zooplankton Ecology
Unit code KSA715
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity
Coordinator Associate Professor Kerrie Swadling
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically evaluate scientific literature and ideas about zooplankton ecology.
  • Appreciate contemporary research objectives in zooplankton science.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic zooplankton biology, collection methods, and data analysis.
  • Identify key zooplankton groups and evaluate their importance in the ecosystem.
  • Communicate your knowledge and understanding of the role of zooplankton in the Southern Ocean using a variety of formats.
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Teaching Pattern

Lectures, tutorials and practicals are run daily for 2 weeks

There is a one day field trip during those 2 weeks

AssessmentLaboratory/practical (10%)|Presentation (50%)|Critically Appraised Topic (20%)|Data analysis (20%)
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