Note: there is a Field excursion for this unit a week before Semester 1 begins
In Marine Ecology you will learn about the fundamental features and processes of marine systems. The influence of physical processes on the ecology of marine organisms is highlighted. The following themes are developed: influences of physical variables at a range of scales on communities and productivity; ecology of feeding and predator–prey interactions of plankton and fish; the dynamics of estuaries; the ecology of flow; structuring forces of benthic communities and macroalgal habitats; biogeography of the sea; invasions by introduced species; marine conservation.
Practical classes include fieldwork and the design of field programs. The major part of the practical component is a high-level research project conducted during a six-day field trip to Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania. This incurs an extra charge to students.
Students would find Quantitative Methods, Antarctic Ecology, Aquatic Botany and Introduction to Oceanography particularly useful additional units.
The course is coordinated by A/Prof Jeff Wright (Rm 109A, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, IMAS Waterfront Building, Ext 6965), and you should see him if you have any questions about the general running of the unit.
|Unit name||Marine Ecology|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Ecology and Biodiversity|Fisheries and Aquaculture|
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Jeffrey Wright|
|Teaching staff||Associate Professor Donald (Jeff) Ross|Associate Professor Kerrie Swadling|Associate Professor Neville Barrett|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- be familiar with how physical ocean processes (from small- to large-scale) influence the horizontal and vertical structuring of marine ecosystems
- understand the dynamics of pelagic communities and the drivers of primary and secondary productivity
- be familiar with the range of factors that influence the structure and dynamics of temperate reef communities
- understand the major drivers of estuarine dynamics including the influence of anthropogenic activities
- understand the major conservation issues facing the marine environment at a global scale
- have developed skills for the design, execution and analysis of a major field project
- be practiced in written and oral communication of science
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
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Prerequisites(KSM202 - Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems OR KZA211 - Population and Community Ecology OR KZA212 - Functional Biology of Animals OR KPA215 - Genetics and Evolution OR KPZ211 - Population and Community Ecology)
2x1-hr lectures each week, 3-hr practicals in weeks 2-5; a Field excursion to Maria Island in the week before Semester 1 begins
|Assessment||Final Exam (50%)|Major practical report from Maria Island (30%)|Seminar (10%)|Essay (10%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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