Marine Ecology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Marine Ecology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Ecology, Marine Biology, Natural Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ECOL 111 and 36 200-level points from Science Schedule C

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    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 course 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; and (4) Management and Applied Ecology. Many of these themes overlap in the lectures and associated practical sessions.

    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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