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MARI431 Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science

Antarctic and Southern Ocean marine ecosystems, and biological adaptations to these challenging environments. Responses (via adaptation) of high-latitude marine species to past and future climate change.

New Zealand is closely linked with Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, both physically and biologically. This paper 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 paper 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 paper will be taught by scientists at the forefront of current research on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Paper title Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science
Paper code MARI431
Subject Marine Science
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,655.16
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Admission subject to approval from Head of Department.
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Professor Miles Lamare

Teaching Arrangements

Seminars: Tuesdays 9am-12pm
Lab: Some Fridays

Please contact the department if there are discrepancies with the timetable at the bottom of this page.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students increase their understanding of the latest interdisciplinary research undertaken in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica through exploration, review and reflection of the latest primary literature. These key ideas are applied to a series of practical exercises. Understanding will be tested through oral and poster presentations (conference format and quality required), while their professional skills in environmental literacy, information literacy and written communication are enhanced while preparing a review article following the format outlined in the journal Science.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 10:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41