Marine and estuarine ecosystems play a central role in the health of our planet. This course examines the key ecological processes that shape and maintain marine communities, and how healthy marine ecosystems are affected by e.g. overfishing, eutrophication, habitat modification and rapid climate change. Topics to be covered will include: biogeochemical cycling and productivity, marine population and community ecology, biogeography, sustainable management and conservation. Students will gain first-hand experience in quantitative data collection and analysis, experimental design and field work in the Baltic Sea. This course is at the advanced level and has focus on critical thinking, experimental design and communication of results. The course will provide the student with knowledge and skills required for both a carrier in and outside academia.
The course can be taken in parallel to Freshwater Ecology, Advanced Level and Fish Ecology, Advanced Level.
Bachelor degree including Chemistry 15 credits and Biology 90 credits.
Upon completion, the students shall be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key ecological processes in the different regions of the world’s ocean
- identify and formulate relevant questions and problems in the field of marine ecology, search and collect information from different databases, compile, analyze and critically assess the conclusions of published studies relevant to the field
- collect, analyze and compile field and laboratory data
- demonstrate indepth knowledge of techniques relevant to the field, use and evaluate analytical methods (nutrients, pH, carbon dioxide, temperature, salinity, microscopy, water sampling, qualitative analysis of bacteria, phytoplankton, macroalgae and fish)
- identify and quantitatively describe the occurrence of key species/groups of bacteria, phytoplankton, zooplankton, macroalgae and fish
- describe, analyze and evaluate abiotic and biotic conditions in different oceanic regions
- lead seminars, contribute to group discussions/exercises, and critique of the work of others
- formulate hypotheses, design methods, plan and conduct experiments, as well as critically analyze data sets based on the current state of knowledge
- present scientific findings using appropriate media (verbal and written in the form of poster presentation) thus exhibiting experimental skills, evaluate the scientific evidence and draw correct conclusions from the findings, demonstrate the application of the scientific method
- communicate research in the field including marine ecological principles and problems to specialists and nonspecialists