MB2050 - Functional Biology of Marine Organisms
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Marine & Environmental Sciences
The description of tropical marine habitats identifying key biological features of
each. Functional biology of selected vertebrate and invertebrate marine groups with
comparative treatments of benthic and nektonic, planktonic and pelagic organisms.
The identification of structural and functional features of key marine organism assemblages
in reef, mangrove, benthic and oceanic environments.
- identify the major biological challenges which aquatic existence imposes on marine
organisms through a study of various marine habitats and their inhabitants;
- analyse the structural and functional solutions developed by key groups of marine
organisms to meet such challenges;
- review how organisms from very different taxonomic backgrounds respond to common requirements
of feeding, growth, locomotion and reproduction in marine environments;
- learn basic laboratory techniques relevant to marine research.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of level 1 biology,
particularly zoology (eg BZ1004 or BZ1007). A basic understanding of chemistry is
also recommended (eg CH1001).
||ZL1001 OR BZ1004 OR AG1004 OR BZ1007
Study Period 1
|Census Date 26-Mar-2015
||Dr Orpha Bellwood
||Professor David Bellwood, Dr Orpha Bellwood.
- 26 hours lectures
- 30 hours practicals
||end of semester exam (60%); quizzes or tests (15%); scientific report based on field data (15%); group work: lab report & oral presentation (10%).
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