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MB3160 - Evolution and Ecology of Reef Fishes

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

This subject requires prior approval from the program co-ordinator. All students must meet the pre-requisite requirements.

The biology of coral reef fishes with an emphasis on species from reefs and adjacent waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The subject covers the ecology, morphology, systematics and evolution of coral reef fishes. Practical work includes a laboratory and field program that introduces functional morphology, ecology and field identification of coral reef fishes. This subject will also provide an introduction to laboratory and field research methods.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically evaluate both the methods and outcomes of reef fish research;
  • identify the major groups of reef fishes and their ecological and morphological characteristics;
  • understand the functional morphology, ecology and evolution of these fishes and to use this knowledge in assessing the role of fishes on coral reefs;
  • understand and be familiar with the methods used to study the ecology of reef fishes;
  • have demonstrable knowledge of the current literature relevant to reef fish evolution and ecology.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolled in this subject should have a good understanding of evolutionary biology and biogeography of marine organisms (eg MB2070) and vertebrate anatomy (eg ZL1001). A basic knowledge of the ecology of marine systems (eg MB2050, MB2060) is also necessary. A minimum mark of Credit in MB2070 or equivalent is required for entry in this subject.
Prerequisites: MB2050 AND MB2060 AND A MINIMUM MARK OF CREDIT IN MB2070 (OR MB5070 OR EQUIVALENT)
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
MB3169 MB5160

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Professor David Bellwood
Lecturers: Professor David Bellwood, Dr Orpha Bellwood.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
  • 29 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); essays (15%); laboratory project (15%); oral presentation (10%).
Restrictions: Enrolment in this offering is restricted.

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.