Courses & Units

Marine Biogeochemistry QMS512


This unit will be block taught from 22 to 25th October 2018.

Start and finish dates may change subject to staff availability, refer to the QMS website for further details.

QMS units are designed for postgraduate students with a strong background in quantitative analysis, mathematics, physics and chemistry.


This unit covers biogeochemical processes that influence the marine carbon cycle, including its role in the control of atmospheric CO2 concentrations and the influence of CO2 emissions in increasing the acidity of the ocean. The course applies chemical approaches to the study of phytoplankton, the organisms at the base of the food web in the ocean, including numerical models of their productivity and population dynamics. Students will be exposed to fundamental through to advanced concepts and techniques in marine biogeochemistry.


Unit name Marine Biogeochemistry
Unit code QMS512
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Oceans and Cryosphere

Dr Zanna Chase

Teaching staff

Dr Zanna Chase, A/Prof Peter Strutton, and  other University staff and external lecturers from marine institutes.

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

1 week intensive course (5 days) consisting of lectures and tutorial classes. Typically there will be 15-20 hours of lectures and 15-20 hours of tutorial classes.


Submittable laboratory/class work (60%) and a project report (40%). Students must pass both components to pass the unit.

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Ocean Biogeochemical  Dynamics by J. Sarmiento and N. Gruber


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