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MARI301 Marine Ecology

Ecology of organisms living in intertidal, subtidal, and pelagic marine environments.

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 paper 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
  4. Management and applied ecology

Many of these themes overlap in the lectures and associated practical sessions.

Paper title Marine Ecology
Paper code MARI301
Subject Marine Science
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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ECOL 111 and 36 200-level points from Science Schedule C
Recommended Preparation
CHEM 191, CHEM 205, STAT 110, ZOOL 221
Schedule C
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Candida Savage
Teaching Fellow: Dr Jean McKinnon

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Learn about key ecological processes and how to measure them
  • Understand and use primary literature as a basis for your research
  • Design and carry out a robust experiment: from hypotheses to statistics
  • Become multidisciplinary: using analytical tools and models to measure processes
  • Write a journal article
  • Communicate science to the public
  • Apply ecological information to real management questions

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-17:50 16, 20


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-17:50 13, 18
Saturday 07:00-17:50 13


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-16, 18-22
Friday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-17:50 9-12, 14-15, 19, 21-22