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MARI301 Marine Ecology

Semester One
Lectures: Thursday & Friday at 10 am
Lab: Monday 2-6 pm
Prerequisites: ECOL 111 and 36 points of 200-level science papers

Course Coordinator: Dr. Candida Savage - candida.savage@otago.ac.nz

The seas around New Zealand and its Antarctic territories encompass a great diversity of marine habitats and endemic species, making this one of the most exciting places globally to study Marine Ecology. Marine Ecology is the scientific study of marine habitats, populations, and interactions among organisms and the surrounding environment. During this course you will have an opportunity to investigate the influence of a key functional group on abiotic and biotic factors with a hands-on field manipulation experiment. The field work and laboratory sessions are designed to complement the lectures, which focus on four themes: (1) Patterns in the marine environment; (2) Processes including primary production, decomposition and secondary production; (3) Fundamental concepts in marine ecology; and (4) Management and Applied Ecology. Many of these themes overlap in the lectures and associated practical sessions.

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