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UEA-309 Marine Ecology and Biological Oceanography

Period P3c - University of East Anglia at Norwich, EnglandYear 2
UEA-309Marine Ecology and Biological Oceanography3 ECTSPeriod P3cUEA
Objectives:This module examines the biological and ecological processes that underpin our dependence on, and use of, the marine environment for 'goods and services'. Students will study the ecology of marine organisms (from bacteria to fish) which provide the 'services' of climate modulation, nutrient regeneration and food production, threats to the sustainability of these services and the management challenges that result. The module will cover the biodiversity and molecular ecology of bacteria, diatoms, coccolithophores and nitrogen fixers, the physiology and distribution of zooplankton, the ecology of exploited populations and management of the marine environment including fisheries. Example ecosystems such as polar regions, mid ocean gyres and Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems will be studied in detail, and predictions of the impact of environmental change (increasing temperature, decreasing pH, decreasing oxygen, changes in nutrient supply and human exploitation) on marine ecosystem dynamics, will be examined. The module also includes lectures and workshops by biological oceanographers from the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).

Outcomes:Understand marine processes and ecology of marine organisms (from bacteria to fish).
ElectiveTaught in ENMixed
EvaluationWorkload : 60 hours
Written ExamLecture18
Oral ExamSeminar