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MARI402 Advanced Applied Field Methods in Marine Environmental Science

(20 points, non standard period 2)
Field courses - Dunedin Harbour (29 June - 6 July) and Rakiura Stewart Island (19-26 October)

Course Coordinator: Professor Gary Wilson - gary.wilson@otago.ac.nz

MARI 402 is a core paper in the PGDipAppSc and the MAppSc in Marine Environmental Science. Students enrolled in those qualifications will have priority entry to the paper, but other students may be considered depending on space and applicability to their course of study or research project

The paper deals with developing the science needed to underpin management solutions for the marine environmental issues and challenges.

The course will be taught through two weeklong field trips where students will design and conduct fieldwork to solve management challenges in the marine environments. Concepts to be assessed include pollution, competing environment use (marine farming, tourism, fishing), invasive species, marine conservation, indigenous use and jurisdiction. Both field trips will be to harbours and inlets utilised for marine farming, recreation, recreational fishing and collection, tourism, shipping and transport. One field area is in a city setting and the other less populated.

Assessment is split between two client environmental reports written from the fieldtrip findings and addressing the specific client requests (50% each, one for each field trip).

By the end of the course students will be able to design and conduct a field assessment of marine environment use and impacts using oceanographic and marine biological processes as they relate to marine user requirements.