Marine Ecosystems

Course Numbers: OCOR - 5602

This class focuses on marine ecological processes and functions. An overview of the basic concepts of marine ecology will be provided along with more detailed elements of the discipline including diversity of organisms, feeding relationships, ecological roles, growth, and reproduction. Emphasis will be devoted to coastal marine communities.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of biological and ecological characteristics of the major groups of marine phytoplankton, and assessment methodologies.
  2. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the biology and ecology of benthic marine plants and employ appropriate investigative methods.
  3. Apply knowledge of the functional aspects of photosynthesis and respiration to phytoplankton physiology and marine environmental assessment.
  4. Describe the roles and processes of bacteria in the marine environment.
  5. Describe the principal biological and ecological characteristics of the major groups of marine zooplankton and meroplanktonic larva.
  6. Describe biological and ecological characteristics of benthic animals, their ecological roles, feeding adaptations and growth rate determination.
  7. Understand and apply various models and associated statistics describing the growth of fishes.
  8. Understand the basic principles of fisheries management and discuss the associated problems and uncertainties.
  9. Compare and contrast the various reproductive modes and cost-benefit strategies of marine organisms and relate this to dispersal and larval strategies.
  10. Understand, compare and contrast functional aspects of food webs of major marine ecosystems, and interpret energy flow diagrams.
  11. Appreciate the strengths and limitations of ecosystem models.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge of the basics of population ecology and employ associated laboratory, field or statistical methods.

Textbook :

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