MB3190 - Coral Reef Ecology
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Only available with prior approval to level 3 students with suitable background (invertebrate
biology, statistics, computers). A quota will apply on the basis of marks in MB2060
A treatment of the major aspects of coral reef ecology, including population dynamics,
reef community structure and diversity, effects of environmental disturbances, competition
and predation, and reef management. Emphasis is on the mechanisms and processes that
shape coral reef communities and how they respond to environmental change. The course
combines the presentation of theoretical quantitative and conceptual models in lectures
with laboratory computer exercises and a 3-day field project. The course content complements
that of MB3210.
- become familiar with the key processes underlying patterns of recruitment, abundance,
and community diversity on coral reefs;
- understand the link between resources and environmental stressors at the level of
the organism and demographic processes;
- develop insight into the role of species interactions in the dynamics, diversity and
resilience of coral reefs;
- develop an understanding of the interactions between different types of environmental
disturbances and the responses of coral reef systems.
- end of semester exam (50%)
- field report (20%)
- laboratory assignments (15%)
- poster presentation (15%).
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of general biology
and ecology (not necessarily for coral reef organisms), an ability to manipulate data
and conduct basic statistical analyses (including ANOVA, Chi-square, and Regression
analyses), and comprehensive understanding of major considerations for designing ecological
sampling programs and experiments. A minimum mark of Credit in MB2060 OR BS2460 is
required for entry in this subject.
||Credit or better in MB2060 OR BS2460
Study Period 2
|Census Date 27-Aug-2020
||Assoc. Professor Mia Hoogenboom
||Professor Andrew Hoey, Professor Sean Connolly, Assoc. Professor Mia Hoogenboom, Dr Allison Paley, Professor Morgan Pratchett.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 26 hours lectures
- 2 hours tutorials
- 6 hours practicals
- 8 hours workshops/Seminars
- 20 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