BIOL4408 Marine Ecology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodAlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Conservation Biology; Marine Science; Zoology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
This unit investigates the ecological processes that produce population and community structure in a range of marine habitats including rocky intertidal areas, and sub-tidal temperate and coral reefs. It investigates how human intervention, both directly by habitat modification and indirectly through climate change, may interfere with those processes. Students completing the unit have a working knowledge of a variety of marine habitats and are able to consider how extrinsic and intrinsic factors affect the structure and functioning of their populations and communities.
Students are able to (1) sustain discussion as to the mechanisms that produce the structure of populations and communities in intertidal areas, temperate reefs and coral reefs; (2) design, conduct and analyse a descriptive sampling program and/or a simple manipulative experiment in a shallow marine habitat; (3) be able to convey the purpose and/or findings of the sampling programs in formats suitable for both scientific and non-scientific audiences; (4) present findings in the format of a scientific paper; and (5) appreciate the occupational health and safety considerations of working in the marine environment and the planning required for marine field work.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a project report written as a scientific paper; (2) short presentations of research results; and (3) field trip plan and execution. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jane Prince and Dr Timothy Langlois
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
the Master of Science (70630)
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations
ENVT3363 Ecological Processes
Advisable prior study:
This unit assumes a strong background in ecology.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
field trip (estimated cost - $300).
Contact hours
This unit is block-taught during the summer semester and involves a field trip of five days plus travel time at a a cost of up to $300 to the student, plus up to three days of lectures and planning (including occupational health and safety) and up to four days of analysis and presentation of results. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours, 80 of which are contact hours.
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