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Advanced Marine Conservation and Management - BIOL893

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. BIOL773 takes a problem-solving approach to gain an advanced understanding of such issues. Students have 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 also receive advanced skills for presenting key concepts in marine conservation and management via novel assessment items such as giving a short presentation, producing an elevator pitch, assessing management options and writing a 100-word summary. BIOL773 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. This unit involves a compulsory fieldtrip to Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, in mid-semester break, Session 1 (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
Prerequisites:

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

Corequisites:

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

Science

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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