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Reef Evolution and Dynamics - BIOL379

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

Modern coral reefs are important and dynamic systems arising from physical, biological, ecological and geological processes. This unit is a hands on introduction to modern coral reefs. We use a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods to explore a diverse range of multidisciplinary topics including: reef formation and structure; reef zonation; carbonate sedimentology; biodiversity; ecology; taxonomy; taphonomy; symbiosis; bioturbation and bio-erosion; human impacts on reef systems; and the evolution and importance of reef formation in the geological record. Integrating ecological and geological timescales is a particular focus of the unit – students learn about the changes associated with the evolution of reefs through geological time. The study of ancient reefs provides a counterpoint and analogy to the modern reef setting studied in the field. The unit involves a compulsory two day on-campus session and an seven day field excursion to Heron Island Research Station, Capricorn-Bunker Group, Great Barrier Reef (separate excursion fee applies). Students are encouraged, but not required, to take BIOL235 or second year statistics.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 External - Session 1, External (with on campus sessions)

Staff Contact(s): Dr Matthew Kosnik

39cp at 100 level or above including ((BIOL261 or BIOL263) and (BIOL208 or BIOL227 or BIOL228 or BIOL235 or BIOL262 or GEOS206 or GEOS226) and STAT170) or (9cp from BIOL units and 9cp from GEOS or ENVS units and STAT170Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): GEOS332, GEOS424, GEOS428, GEOS451
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Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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