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MB3059 - Biological Oceanography (Advanced)

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology (pre 2015)

Available only to student enrolled in the BSc Marine Biology (Advanced Program)

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 and analysis.
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.
Prerequisites: (BS2001 OR BZ2001 OR AG2001) OR MB2060
MB3050 MB5055


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Professor Michael Kingsford
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Professor Michael Kingsford, Professor Garry Russ, Mark McCormick.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours practicals
  • 13 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.