MB3300 - Coral Reef Ecosystems
|Student Contribution Band:
||School of Marine & Tropical Biology (pre 2015)
Available to students with prior approval of the course coordinator. While this subject
is offered at JCU annually, it also runs jointly with the University of Sydney every
other year (even years only). A quota applies based on enrolment numbers. There will
be an extra cost for field expenses.
This subject is a two-week intensive subject that will be held at the Orpheus Island
tropical research station on the Great Barrier Reef. While this subject is offered
at JCU annually, it also runs jointly with the University of Sydney every other year
(even years only). A quota applies based on enrolment numbers. There will be an extra
cost for field expenses. The subject focuses on the dominant taxa in reef environments
and linkages between them. Emphasis is given to corals, other reef associated invertebrates
(including echinoderms, plankton) and fishes. Ecological aspects of key organisms
are explored. Aspects covered include distribution of corals, coral bleaching, coral
(and other) symbionts and the health of corals based on disease, predation, the input
of plankton to reefs and the role of fishes in reef environments. Anthropogenic factors
and their impacts are also considered.
- develop research skills with equipment in the field and laboratory as well as evaluating
and presenting published information on tropical fisheries;
- gain an understanding of reef biodiversity;
- increase an understanding of reef habitats and the pelagic environment.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have an excellent understanding of statistics
and marine systems (eg MB2050) and must have completed level 1 science subjects at
a level of Credit or better.
||(BZ1004 OR BZ1007) AND MB1110 AND CH1001 AND (MA1401 OR SC1102)
Study Period 7
|Census Date 10-Jul-2014
|Face to face teaching
11-Jul-2014 to 19-Jul-2014
||Dr Lynne Van Herwerden.
||end of semester exam (40%); critical essay (20%); fieldwork report (40%).
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