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MARI431 Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science

Lectures and Practicals - Tuesday mornings
(20 points, mostly second semester)
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Miles Lamare – miles.lamare@otago.ac.nz


New Zealand is closely linked with Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, both physically and biologically. This course is an opportunity to explore Antarctic and Southern Ocean marine ecosystems at the physical and biological level, and inhabitants adapted to some of the most challenging marine environments on the planet. A central theme of this course is to examine the response (via adaptation) of Antarctic and Southern Ocean marine ecosystems and organisms to past and future climate change and to direct human impacts. Key to this theme is understanding the interaction between physical and biological processes at these high latitudes. The University of Otago has extensive research expertise in the region, and this course will be taught by scientists at the forefront of current research on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
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