BIOL5504 Sex in the Sea

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit introduces students to the range of reproductive and life history strategies used by marine organisms and to the ecological and genetic consequences of those strategies. The topics include reproductive strategies, life history strategies, recruitment and supply-side ecology, connectivity between populations, sexual selection and sexual signalling. This provides a broad appreciation of the mechanisms and processes involved in sustaining marine populations.
Students are able to (1) understand the ecological and genetic consequences of different reproductive modes and life history strategies; (2) understand the importance of genetic studies in the conservation and management of marine populations; and (3) sustain in-depth discussion on any of the topics presented in this unit.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reports on each topic; (2) final synthesis; and (3) oral presentation and/or debate. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jane Prince and Dr Jennifer Kelley
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences (ID 2211) or equivalent
Advisable prior study:
a background in biology, especially ecology and evolution. This unit is better taken towards the end of the Master's degree.
Contact hours
one day per week for six weeks
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