Marine Biology

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode WBLS19029
Vaknaam Marine Biology
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Marine Biology
Omschrijving A large proportion of life on Earth occurs in the seas and oceans. The ocean is a complex, three-dimensional environment covering  ~70% of the Earth’s surface. A plethora of organisms have adapted to live in the diverse marine environment, such as open oceans, deep ocean trenches and shallow, coastal seas. Marine organisms also occur  in different climatic regions, e.g., polar and tropical regions as well as differently structured environments, such as; coral reefs, sea grass meadows and rocky shores.
In this course, students will gain an overview of the physical, chemical and biological processes that shape the functioning of marine ecosystems and the ecological interactions in these ecosystems. We will discuss the main marine habitats and the factors that influence the functioning and diversity of these habitats. Marine biodiversity and the processes regulating this diversity will be examined, as well as the evolutionary forces that shape ecological processes in the marine environment. Furthermore, the effects of human impacts on the functioning of marine ecosystems will be addressed.
The course consists of a mix of lectures, computer and lab practicals, and excursions.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator S.E.T. van der Meij, PhD.
Docent(en) S.E.T. van der Meij, PhD.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Marine Ecology – processes, systems, and impacts (2nd edition, 2011) Kaiser et al. 978-0-19-922702-0 ca. €  50,00
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Biology: major Ecology and Evolution 2 semester II a keuzegroep
BSc Biology: major Integrative Biology 2 semester II a keuzegroep