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Marine Ecology

Language

English

Course format On-site
Date 2021-01-11 - 2021-05-07

The course gives a broad introduction in marine ecology with a focus on Norwegian and Nordic conditions. Important issues are eco-clines and marine biogeography; chemical-physical factors and the abiotic environment; biodiversity; phytoplankton, pigments and storage components; toxic microalga; photosynthesis; growth rate and respiration of microalgae; limiting and controlling factors of algal growth; heterotrophic plankton; grouping of plankton; functional plankton groups; feed uptake, metabolism and energetics; decomposition chain; trophic level, -transfers, and -efficiency; population dynamics in planktonic communities; global marine production; aquaculture and fisheries; carbon pump and climate, disturbing impacts on marine ecosystems, principles for conservation of marine ecosystems.

Prerequisites

Basic education in biology from universities or comparable.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge:

The candidate will have knowledge about:

  • General definitions and concepts of marine ecology and biodiversity
  • Geographic patterns of organisms and the abiotic marine environment
  • Plankton and nekton organisms of marine ecosystems, with a focus on functional groups
  • Photosynthesis of autotrophic plankton
  • Decomposition of organic material and food web dynamics
  • Various sources of impacts on marine ecosystems
  • Goals and methods for conservation of marine ecosystems

Skills:

The candidate may describe:

  • The principle definitions and concepts of marine ecology
  • The important abiotic factors that drive organisms of marine ecosystems
  • The main groups of marine organisms and their interactions
  • The main pathways of production and decomposition in the sea
  • Typical effects of fisheries, aquaculture and physical disturbancies on marine ecosystems
  • Principles and methods for conservation of marine ecosystems

General competence:

The candidate knows and understands:

  • The importance of the marine abiotic environment for the richness of species
  • The main functions of autotrophic and heterotrophic organisms in the marine ecosystem
  • Mechanisms of the fundamental relations and interactions among organisms and among organisms and their abiotic environment
  • The principle transport mechanisms of material and energy in the food webs
  • Identification/classification/reduction of various types of impacts on marine ecosystems

Files/Documents

ISCED Categories

Biology
Ecology
Conservation and environmental management