MB3219 - Life History and Evolution of Reef Corals (Advanced)
|Student Contribution Band:
||School of Marine & Tropical Biology (pre 2015)
Only available to students enrolled in the BSc Marine Biology - Advanced major
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 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 MB3199.
- develop an appreciation of issues underlying long term conservation and management
of reef corals;
- develop skills required skills required for independent research through lab and field
exercises involving data collection, analysis and critical interpretation;
- become familiar with identification and classification of the major families and genera
of reef-building corals;
- understand the anatomical features and physiological specialisations of corals that
are keys to understanding their population dynamics and why they are successful as
- understand life history theory, particularly as it pertains to modular organisms such
as reef corals.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of biometrics,
ecological principles and invertebrate biology, and should have completed BS2001,
MB2060 and MB2050 or equivalents. A minimum mark of Credit in MB2060 is required for
entry in this subject.
||(BS2001 OR BZ2001 OR AG2001) OR MB2060
|MB3210 MB3330 MB5400 MB5550
Study Period 1
|Census Date 27-Mar-2014
||Professor Bette Willis
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- 24 hours lectures
- 36 hours practicals
- 16 hours fieldwork
||end of semester exam (40%); presentations (10%); assignments (30%); independent project (20%).
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