MB3210 - Life History and Evolution of Reef Corals
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
This subject requires prior approval from the program co-ordinator. All students must
meet the pre-requisite requirements.
An introduction to the biology of corals and physiological processes involved in building
reefs. An overview of the life histories of sessile, modular organisms, incorporating
current research findings with respect to reproductive strategies and early life histories,
algal symbiosis, and the evolutionary biology of corals. Aspects of the functional
morphology and physiology of corals will be explored in relation to major issues impacting
coral reefs, particularly bleaching and disease. A 2 day field trip to Orpheus Island
Research Station will include an introduction to the taxonomy of reef-building corals
and to lab and field research methods for the study of reef corals. The subject complements
- gain knowledge of the anatomical features and physiological specialisations of corals
that are keys to understanding how corals build reefs;
- gain awareness of issues underlying long-term conservation and management of coral
- gain a working knowledge of the identification and classification of the major families
and genera of reef-building corals;
- develop skills required for independent research through laboratory and field exercises
involving literature reviews, data collection, data analyses and critical interpretation;
- understand life history theory of modular organisms using reef corals as a model.
- end of semester exam (55%)
- assignments (25%)
- independent project (20%).
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of biometrics,
ecological principles and invertebrate biology. A minimum mark of Credit in MB2060
OR BS2460 is required for entry in this subject.
||(SC2202 OR SC2209 OR BS2001 OR BZ2001 OR AG2001) and at least a result of CREDIT in
MB2060 OR BS2460
|MB3219 MB3330 MB5400 MB5550
Study Period 1
|Census Date 26-Mar-2020
||Assoc. Professor David Bourne
||Dr Allison Paley, Assoc. Professor David Bourne, Professor Bette Willis.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 24 hours lectures
- 30 hours practicals
- 16 hours fieldwork
- assessment and self-directed study
An enrolment quota applies to this offering.
Enrolment in this offering is restricted.
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