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Marine Conservation and Management - BIOL773

Marine ecosystems play a crucial role in the health and functioning of our world, 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 assess what constitutes a 'healthy' marine habitat, and 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 short presentations, producing an elevator pitch, and writing a 100-word summary. BIOL773 enhances ecological and marine biological knowledge and skills for students intending to continue with higher degree research.

Note: BIOL773 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 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Associate Professor Jane Williamson

Admission to MRes Prerequisite Information


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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