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This course focuses on current issues in marine biology and ecology. It includes a critical assessment of experimental approaches, ecological and physiological processes affecting the structure of marine communities and the application of research to current issues.
This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in undergraduate courses, particularly ecology, physiology and behaviour. The focus is on marine ecosystems, how they are maintained and what affects them. The course includes critical examination of the literature across a variety of topics and issues, and a practical exercise involving procedures and information required for marine resource consents. The topical issues traversed in this course combine theory and management, and offer a sound basis for greater understanding of sustainable management of the marine domain.
As a student in this course, I will develop the ability to:An ability to access and critically evaluate scientific literature relating to particular topicsDetailed understanding of the factors affecting marine habitats under stressDevelopment of communication skills in presenting analysis of topical issuesDevelopment of skills in the verbal and written presentation of scientific literatureDevelopment of skills in scientific analysis and report writingIntegration of advanced theories to assess and manage current marine issues.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
The course is suitable for students with a background in ecology, animal physiology and behaviour. An understanding of experimental design and statistical analysis will also be useful. Some knowledge of marine biology is essential. Entry to the course can be granted by the coordinator or the HOD and depends on a good academic record. In the past students with a science or research management qualifications have been allowed entry. Students without suitable biological background would be expected (if accepted) to undertake background reading to become familiar with course topics.
, Mads Thomsen
and Mike Hickford
Domestic fee $1,066.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Biological Sciences.