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MB5160 - Evolution and Ecology of Reef Fishes

Credit points: 03
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject will examine 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. Students will be required to attend lectures, practicals and field trips as for MB3160, and write a research proposal of an ecological study of reef fishes.

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 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 and design an ecological study of reef fish species;
  • have a demonstrable knowledge of the current literature relevant to reef fish ecology and evolution.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (eg biology or environmental science) or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other study. They should have an excellent understanding of evolutionary biology and biogeography of marine organisms (eg MB5070) and vertebrate anatomy. A good background in statistics and the ecology of marine systems is essential.
Prerequisites: MB5070
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
MB3160 MB3169

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coord/Lect: Professor David Bellwood.
Contact hours:
  • 25 hours lectures
  • 33 hours practicals
  • 4 days fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); research proposal and oral presentation (20%); written assignment (10%); laboratory project (20%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.
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.