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MST8011 : Marine Ecosystems

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

An advanced understanding of the major biological, ecological and physical processes affecting critical evaluation of human impacts on productive marine ecosystems.

A rare mix of ecology and oceanography with case studies and principles of ecosystem functioning and management. The module provides a unique background to the scientific understanding and management issues surrounding the most human-impacted areas of the planet.

Outline Of Syllabus

Seminars: module introduction, introduction to projects (NP). Science, advocacy, approaches to gathering evidence, including strengths and weaknesses of experimental and macro-ecological data (NP). Population and community ecology, interactions between species especially predator-prey and prevalence of trophic cascades (NP). Alternate states, role of biodiversity in ecosystem integrity, and climate change, fishery exploitation and societal as drivers of marine ecosystem structure (NP). Marine protected area effects on ecosystems and fisheries, concepts of ecosystem management and ecosystem services (NP). Social-ecological systems and interdisciplinary marine environmental science (NP). Ecosystem restoration: concepts, strengths and pitfalls (AE). Heterogeneity of primary production, in particular phytoplankton, in the oceans (MM). Light and nutrient availability controlling primary production, effects of ocean physics (MM). Relationships between spring blooms and sub-surface chlorophyll maxima on shelf seas with vertical ocean mixing processes (MM). Marine animal diseases: prevalence, importance, prominence and ideas about their origins (JB). Carbon futures: CO2 accumulation in the atmosphere, impacts on the ocean, different scenarios and planning for these (JB)

Tutorials: Introduction to project, scoping projects, identification of research topics, progressing projects, oral presentation, writing a paper (NP).

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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