In Aquatic Botany (KSM305) you will be introduced to the biodiversity and phylogeny of marine algal groups including microalgae and macroalgae (seaweeds). The first half of the unit will focus on microalgae – the diatoms, dinoflagellates, cyanobacteria – and will include algal taxonomy, phytoplankton ecology and physiology, harmful algal blooms. The second part of the unit will focus on seaweed ecophysiology, that is how seaweed growth and physiology are regulated by the environment, particularly temperature, desiccation, nutrients and hydrodynamics. Particular reference is made to studies in Australian, Antarctic and Southern Ocean waters. Applied phycological research and implications for environmental monitoring, climate change and aquaculture are emphasised.
|Unit name||Aquatic Botany|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Ecology and Biodiversity|
|Coordinator||Professor Catriona Hurd|
|Teaching staff||Doctor Fraser Kennedy|Ms Sarah Ugalde|
|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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- Identify common microscopic algal groups.
- Understand the role of algae in marine ecosystems, their impacts on aquaculture and human health.
- Describe the growth and physiological responses of algae to changes in their environment.
- Design and conduct a laboratory experiment, test for statistical differences between experimental treatments, and understand how to interpret the results obtained.
- Undertake personal scientific research using library resources.
- Communicate knowledge using scientific writing and oral presentation skills.
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Prerequisites(KPA161 or (KSM201 and KSM202)).
26 x 1 h lectures
12 x 4-hr practical sessions
|Assessment||Final exam (50%)|Group oral presentation (5%)|Microalgal Scientific Report (25%)|Seaweed Scientific Report (20%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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