MB3050 - Biological Oceanography
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
This subject examines plankton and their interactions with the physical and chemical
environment. Thematically we explore the following: structures in the ocean, sampling
equipment and oceanography; nutrients, productivity, phytoplankton and upwelling;
planktonic consumers in the sea as well as their distributions, behaviour and life
cycles, jellyfish fisheries, the survival of larval fish to recruitment and relevance
to fisheries; impacts and manipulation of plankton, global climate change, pollution
and applications for aquaculture.
- to give a sense of the complex structure of the planktonic community over the full
scale of variation across space, time and body size;
- to give the student a new conceptual understanding of the ocean as a fabric of living
organisms, rather than as a mere water mass;
- to impress upon the student the fundamental significance of the plankton as the foundation
of the economy of the sea and the nursery for most of its species;
- to provide a practical familiarity with the techniques of plankton sampling, identification
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of basic biological
principles (eg BZ1001) and marine systems (eg MB2050) and should have completed either
BS2001 or MB2060.
||(BS2001 OR BZ2001 OR AG2001) OR MB2060
|MB5055 AND MB3059
Study Period 1
|Census Date 23-Mar-2017
||Dr Orpha Bellwood
||Professor Mark McCormick, Assoc. Professor Kirsten Heimann, Dr Orpha Bellwood, Professor Michael Kingsford, Professor Garry Russ.
- 26 hours lectures
- 30 hours practicals
||end of semester exam (60%); essays (15%); field report (20%); online quizzes (5%).
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