In Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems you will be introduced to coastal and open ocean ecosystems from the tropics to the poles, covering water-column and benthic communities including reefs and the deep sea. The unit will cover fundamental concepts of marine and Antarctic ecology, including the importance of early life history stages of marine organisms; physical, other environmental and biological drivers of ecosystem dynamics; interactions between organisms; and the role of disturbances in driving the dynamics of populations, communities and the functioning of ecosystems. In the practical component of the unit you will be introduced to a variety of local marine species, communities and habitats, and have opportunity to develop skills in experimental design and data analysis, focusing on local marine ecosystems.
|Unit name||Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Ecology and Biodiversity|Fisheries and Aquaculture|
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Jeffrey Wright|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Understand the processes of marine primary and secondary production, and marine microbial ecology.
- Identify key groups of marine algae and invertebrates using examples from local habitats.
- Describe the key physical, chemical and biological components of benthic and pelagic marine ecosystems ranging from the tropics to the poles.
- Carry out a range of practical procedures fundamental to marine and Antarctic science.
- Undertake personal scientific research using library resources.
- Communicate knowledge using scientific writing skills and poster presentation.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1,3||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3||Domestic Full Fee 4|
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PrerequisitesKSA102 OR KZA161
2x1-hr lectures, 4-hr practical weekly
|Assessment||Final Exam (50%)|Report (15%)|Completed Practical Handbook (5%)|Scientific Poster (10%)|Specialist essay (20%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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