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OCEN322 Biological Oceanography

Interactions of biological and physical processes in the ocean and how physical processes regulate productivity and distribution of organisms in oceanic and coastal ecosystems, from the microscale to the macroscale.

We start with the biological effects of diffusion, turbulence and viscosity, fronts, tides, upwelling and mesoscale eddies and move forward to study the influence of large-scale phenomena, like El Niño - Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, on marine ecosystems. To finish, we learn about the biological pump and the importance of marine organisms in the global carbon cycle and climate change. This paper is convenient in view of the current concern about the role of the oceans in climate change due to the increasing need to understand the integrated biological-physical functioning of marine ecosystems and the links between different scales. This paper includes a field trip to study the effect of mesoscale hydrological processes on picoplankton distribution and activity across the Southland Front, offshore Otago.

Paper title Biological Oceanography
Paper code OCEN322
Subject Oceanography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Prerequisite
OCEN 201
Recommended Preparation
EAOS 111, OCEN 301, PHSI 243, CHEM 191
Schedule C
Science
Contact
federico.baltar@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Federico Baltar
Teaching Fellow: Dr Jean McKinnon
Textbooks
Recommended: Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems: Biological-Physical Interactions in the Oceans (3rd ed), by Kenneth Mann, 2005
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students will develop an integrated understanding of the interplay between physical and biological processes occurring in marine ecosystems at all scales, from less than a kilometre to the size of whole oceans.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 32-34

Seminar

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
S1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 28
Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29-31

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 36

Interactions of biological and physical processes in the ocean and how physical processes regulate productivity and distribution of organisms in oceanic and coastal ecosystems, from the microscale to the macroscale.

We start with the biological effects of diffusion, turbulence and viscosity, fronts, tides, upwelling and mesoscale eddies and move forward to study the influence of large-scale phenomena, like El Ni??o - Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, on marine ecosystems. To finish, we learn about the biological pump and the importance of marine organisms in the global carbon cycle and climate change. This paper is convenient in view of the current concern about the role of the oceans in climate change due to the increasing need to understand the integrated biological-physical functioning of marine ecosystems and the links between different scales. This paper includes a field trip to study the effect of mesoscale hydrological processes on picoplankton distribution and activity across the Southland Front, offshore Otago.

Paper title Biological Oceanography
Paper code OCEN322
Subject Oceanography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
OCEN 201
Recommended Preparation
EAOS 111, OCEN 301, PHSI 243, CHEM 191
Schedule C
Science
Contact
federico.baltar@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Federico Baltar
Teaching Fellow: Dr Jean McKinnon
Textbooks
Recommended: Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems: Biological-Physical Interactions in the Oceans (3rd ed), by Kenneth Mann, 2005
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students will develop an integrated understanding of the interplay between physical and biological processes occurring in marine ecosystems at all scales, from less than a kilometre to the size of whole oceans.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Fieldwork

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Saturday 08:00-17:50 31
Sunday 08:00-17:50 31

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 32-34

Seminar

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
S1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 28
Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29-31

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 36