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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Gary Kendrick and Professor Dirk Zeller
Unit rules
Enrolment in
72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165)
or 70630 Master of Science (ID 202)
or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (ID 1432)
and Unit(s) SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences (ID 2211) or equivalent
or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Successful completion of
Enrolment in
Unit(s) SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
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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