Marine Ecology

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Marine Ecology

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Ecology, Marine Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    3 credit points from BIOL or ENVE or GEOS unites at 300 level

  • 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

    This unit covers the ecology of temperate marine communities, including: intertidal and subtidal rocky reefs; kelp forests; mangroves; seagrasses; soft sediments; and the deep ocean. Key processes mediating each habitat are explored and both natural and anthropogenic perturbations to these habitats are discussed. Manipulation of our marine environment, with reference to aquaculture, fisheries, introduced species, climate change and conservation issues, is studied. There are also small components dedicated to life histories of marine invertebrates, chemical ecology, larval and adult fish behaviour, and morphology and taxonomy of fish. Specialist lecturing staff from other institutions give guest lectures in their area of expertise.
    This unit emphasises the practical application of marine ecological research and has a field component. It provides experience in environmental monitoring and manipulative experiments, including formulating hypotheses, designing experiments, data collection, analyses, and communication of results. A basic knowledge of statistics is assumed. This unit helps prepare individuals for employment in a range of marine-related workplaces, including consultancies and government agencies, and is beneficial for students wishing to continue with postgraduate studies in marine science.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.