Marine and Freshwater Botany

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Marine and Freshwater Botany

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One of (BIOL 112, BIOL 113, BIOL 123, BTNY 111, CELS 191, HUBS 191, HUBS 192) and one of (ECOL 111, MARI 112).

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    The diversity, physiology and ecology of marine and freshwater plants, algae and cyanobacteria.

    Laboratory skills will be developed through three practical modules, enabling students to become familiar with these organisms and the environment in which they are found. The practical modules will provide the opportunity for students to design and perform experiments and present this work both orally and in written reports.

    Lectures will cover the morphological and physiological adaptations of the phototrophs that enable them to thrive in marine and freshwater habitats with the emphasis on New Zealand environments. The impact of human activities on these organisms will be explored, including global climate change, eutrophication and invasive species.

    Course Structure
    Section I: Aquatic photosynthesis: Diversity and evolution
    Section II: Marine botany: Coastal ecosystems
    Section III: Freshwater botany

    Learning Outcomes
    Students who learn successfully in this paper will:

    • Be familiar with the diversity and evolution of marine and freshwater photosynthetic organisms
    • Understand the importance of marine and freshwater primary producers in carbon sequestration and nutrient cycling
    • Understand the role of these organisms in marine and freshwater ecosystems, including the impact of toxic bloom formation, invasive species and global climate change
    • Understand relevant experimental design and analysis principles
    • Extend skills in written and oral communication

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