Description: Most marine animals have a complex life cycle with a sessile or sedentary adult stage and a dispersive larval stage. This course will expose the students to the diversity of marine larval forms and increase their understanding on the environmental factors affecting larval survival, development, dispersal, settlement, recruitment and connectivity. We will study the implications of having a larval stage for the persistence and management of marine ecosystems, and how climate change and other human-induced disturbances on larvae may affect species persistence. Active classroom discussion on selected scientific articles is mandatory.
The students will:
list and identify the major types of marine larvae
describe how the major types of marine larvae develop to later life-cycles stages
describe how the major types of marine larvae obtain nutrients and food
describe how maternal and environmental patterns may affect the survival, development and dispersal of larvae
describe how larval behaviour and settlement cues may determine dispersal and recruitment
understand the implications of having a larval stage for population persistence and the importance of considering it when exercising management for conservation
understand how climate change and other human-induced disturbances on larvae may affect species persistence
analyse and critique literature from professional publications
exercise and build their ability to synthesise scientific information
All themes will be addressed through discussions of relevant scientific articles which will be made available by the professor.
The Mission of the Oceanographic Center is to carry out innovative, basic and applied research and to provide high-quality graduate and undergraduate education in a broad range of marine science and related disciplines.
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