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The ecology of marine organisms, their interactions, biotic and abiotic factors that influence patterns and ecological processes in benthic and pelagic 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:
- Patterns in the marine environment
- Processes including primary production, decomposition and secondary production
- Fundamental concepts in marine ecology
- Management and applied ecology
Many of these themes overlap in the lectures and associated practical sessions.
|Paper title||Marine Ecology and Ecosystems|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,110.75|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- One of (BIOL 112, BIOL 123, EAOS 111, ECOL 111, MARI 112) and 36 200-level points from Science Schedule C
- Recommended Preparation
- MARI 202, ECOL 211, 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,
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will
- Learn about key ecological processes and how to measure them
- Understand and use primary literature as a basis for 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