This unit provides a comprehensive account of the biology of birds and mammals that inhabit the Southern Ocean (loosely defined here as waters from Southern Australia to Antarctica), and the role that they play in the marine ecosystem. Topics covered in the unit include taxonomy, physiology, ecology, conservation and management, with an emphasis on integrating these issues within a broader ecological framework.
|Unit name||Birds and Mammals of the Southern Ocean|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Ecology and Biodiversity|
|Coordinator||Doctor Jane Younger|
|Available as an elective?||No|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Spring school (extended)||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
|Spring school (extended)||4/11/2024||27/11/2024||31/12/2024||23/2/2025|
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).
Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).
- Critically evaluate scientific literature and ideas relating to conservation and management of birds and mammals in the Southern Ocean
- Understand trophic structure of the Southern Ocean ecosystem
- Appreciate contemporary research objectives in Southern Ocean science
- Develop and consolidate skills in written and oral scientific communication appropriate to scientific discourse
- Learn field skills in animal identification, behavioural observation and census techniques
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PrerequisitesKZA212 AND KPZ211
A two-week intensive, including 20 lectures, field trips and research project. Several assignments will be due in post-course dates.
|Assessment||Critical paper review and research proposal (15%)|Field identification of Southern Ocean birds and marine mammals (15%)|Oral presentation (15%)|Lecture quiz (20%)|Research project report (35%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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