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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  following themes are developed: influences of physical variables at a range of scales on communities and productivity; ecology of plankton; dynamics of  estuaries; 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 visit to Maria Island during the week before Semester 1 begins; attendance on the field trip is mandatory for the course.  The field trip incurs an extra charge to students.  Students would find Antarctic Ecology (KSA307), Quantitative Methods in Biology (KSM309) and Freshwater Ecology (KZA355)  particularly useful additional units.

This unit attracts a levy of $100 per student, which is required to be paid into the School cashier (108081) prior to departure for the field trip.

Summary 2021

Unit name Marine Ecology
Unit code KSM308
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity|Fisheries and Aquaculture

Jeffrey Wright

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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KSM202 or KPZ211 or KZA212 or KPZ215

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Teaching Pattern

2x1-hr lectures, 4-hr practical weekly; a Field excursion week before Semester 1 begins


1,000-word essay (10%), seminar (10%), reports on practical assignments (30%), 3-hr exam in June (50%)

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