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Structure and Function of Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems QMS514

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Introduction

The unit covers the structure, functioning and dynamics of marine ecosystems through a modelling approach. This knowledge of and approach to studying marine ecosystems is fundamental to informed management of marine natural resources, marine conservation, and assessment of the health, functioning and sustainability of marine systems. The unit will emphasise why modelling of marine ecosystems is important, and the challenges and limitations involved. The unit will cover trophic structure, flows of materials and energy, techniques to simplify ecosystem models, how to obtain suitable data for models, spatial considerations in ecosystem dynamics, optimum complexity in ecosystem models, and the importance of modelling the way in which humans interact with biophysical systems. A range of model formalisms and means of analyzing them will be introduced, including qualitative and quantitative network models, trophodynamic biomass, size-structured models, individual and agent-based models, with consideration of physical, biogeochemical and socio-economic processes. Strengths and limitations of each will be discussed. Students will be introduced to a variety of software packages for developing their modelling skills.

Summary

Unit name Structure and Function of Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems
Unit code QMS514
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity
Coordinator Professor Julia Blanchard
Delivered By
Level Postgraduate

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain how modelling is used to investigate marine and Antarctic ecosystem dynamics.
  • Apply models to explore marine and Antarctic ecosystem change
  • Describe the strengths and limitations of ecosystem and food web models
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Teaching

AssessmentQualitative Analysis (30%)|Ecopath (35%)|Mizer (35%)
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Textbooks

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