MB5160 - Evolution and Ecology of Reef Fishes
|Student Contribution Band:
||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.
- 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
- Invigilated > End of semester exam - (50%)
- Research proposal and oral presentation - (20%)
- Written assignment - (10%)
- Laboratory project - (20%).
|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.
Study Period 1
|Census Date 26-Mar-2020
||Professor David Bellwood
||Dr Rickard Abom, Professor David Bellwood.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 25 hours lectures
- 33 hours practicals
- 4 days 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