Marine Biology

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode WBBY044-05
Vaknaam Marine Biology
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
ECTS 5
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Marine Biology
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1) Describe the patterns and processes shaping the functioning of marine ecosystems.
2) Describe the main species groups in the marine realm and identify their specific adaptations to the marine environment.
3) Discuss and interpret the role of ecological interactions in marine systems.
4) Identify and interpret effects of human activities on the marine environment.
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 an excursion to NIOZ / Ecomare on Texel.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
Toetsvorm Presentatie (P), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator S.E.T. van der Meij, PhD.
Docent(en) dr. M.K. Boer, de ,prof. dr. B.D.H.K. Eriksson ,dr. L.L. Govers ,prof. dr. ir. T. van der Heide , S.E.T. van der Meij, PhD.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Marine Ecology – processes, systems, and impacts (3rd edition, 2020) Kaiser et al. 9780198717850 ca. €  50,00
Entreevoorwaarden PLEASE NOTE
Biology and Life Science & Technology (old curriculum) course units are only accessible for students of those degree programmes. Students from other degree programmes who would like to participate in Biology course units are obliged to contact one of the academic advisors before registration. After this contact, students have to request admission from the Board of Examiners Biology/Life Science & Technology. Failing to follow this procedure results in immediate unenrollment without prior notification.
Opmerkingen Maximum students: 30

Dit vak had vorig jaar vakcode WBLS19029
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Biology: major Ecology and Evolution 2 semester II a keuze
BSc Biology: major Integrative Biology  (Option B: students who follow Res. Project 1 within the major EE) 3 semester II a keuze
BSc Biology: major Integrative Biology 2 semester II a keuze