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Advanced Marine Conservation and Management - BIOL893

*Please note this unit requires a minimum number of students enrolled to run, and has a maximum dependent on resource limitations.

Marine ecosystems play a crucial role in global health and functioning and consist of a complex and dynamic interplay of biological, chemical and physical processes. Once thought to be relative stable in the face of adversity, we now know that most marine systems are fragile and easily disturbed. In this unit we explore how such habitats can be conserved in the face of adversities such as human exploitation, habitat modification and climate change. BIOL893 takes a problem-solving approach to gain an advanced understanding of such issues. Students gain first-hand experience in designing and carrying out a research project, which is written in journal format with the ultimate aim of producing a document of publishable quality. Students will develop advanced skills for presenting key concepts in marine conservation and management via novel assessment items such as assessing management options and writing a 100-word summary. BIOL893 enhances ecological and marine biological knowledge and skills for students intending to continue with higher degree research or seeking employment in management and conservation careers. The unit involves a compulsory fieldtrip to Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, in the mid-semester break (separate excursion fee applies).

Credit Points: 4
When Offered:

S1 Block - Session 1, Block, classes are held in an intensive mode over a sequence of days

Staff Contact(s): Associate Professor Jane Williamson

Admission to MMarScMgt or MConsBiol or GradDipConsBiol or MPlan or MSc or MEnv or MScInnovation Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): BIOL773
Unit Designation(s):


Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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