Marine Ecology and Management

10 Units

This course provides students with an understanding of the principles of marine ecology (Australian marine ecosystems, early life history, community and population ecology) and contemporary issues for the Australian marine environment (e.g. climate change, elasmobranch fisheries, over-fishing, invasive species, pollution, whaling, threats to coral reefs). The exploration of contemporary issues includes analysis of the effectiveness of current approaches to conservation and sustainable use (e.g. fisheries management, marine protected areas, aquaculture, integrated catchment management). The course will be taught by a combination of self-directed learning of the principles of marine ecology and a problem-solving analysis of a selection of four issues. The problem-solving analysis may involve site visits by students to research a particular issue.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will: 1. have acquired knowledge of: the principles of marine ecology relevant to management and conservation, and key Australian marine ecosystems 2. understand current issues for Australian marine ecosystems, and contemporary management and conservation strategies 3. be able to critically evaluate marine ecological information for management relevance and the broader ecological consequences of marine issues 4. be able to propose relevant and sustainable management and conservation solutions and 5. have acquired skills in effectively communicating complex ecological information and evaluations of issues to non-specialist audiences.


Module 1: Principles of Marine Ecology

Early life history Predation and herbivory Competition Positive interactions Natural disturbances

Module 2 Biogeography and Connectivity

Marine biogeography and biodiversity Coastal oceanography and connectivity Terrestrial-freshwater and marine linkages

Module 3: Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

Open water Coral reefs Subtidal temperate rocky reefs Intertidal temperate rocky shores Soft sediment Seagrass Mangroves and saltmarsh

Module 4: Issues, Challenges, Responses

Fisheries and their management Marine protected areas Water quality and loss of coral reefs and kelp forests Invasive marine species Climate change

Assumed Knowledge Basic knowledge (i.e. to year 12 standard) of biology, ecology or environmental science.
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Group/tutorial participation and contribution -
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises -
  • Quiz - On-line -
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Case Study: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
  • Field Study: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for MARI6001

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