Marine Biology

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Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode WBBY044-05
Vaknaam Marine Biology
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a (2a1)

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 (including a Dutch Flora and Fauna practical), assignments, and - if conditions allow - an excursion to NIOZ / Ecomare on Texel.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Bijeenkomst (S), Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC)
(Self Study (23hrs), LC (25hrs), S (4hrs), ASM (40hrs), PRC (48hrs); Presence during the practicals, assignments and class discussions is mandatory. One practical can be missed, students do not receive a final mark until missed practicals are compensated (in case more than one is missed).)
Toetsvorm Presentatie (P), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(WE (70%), P (30%);Final mark is based on the written exam and oral presentation assignment. Practicals need to be followed and passed (but not graded and not included in the final mark).)
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. J. Stefels ,dr. W.H. van de Poll ,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 The course unit assumes prior knowledge and skills, acquired from the following course units: Systems Ecology & Ecological Interactions 1 and 2

This course unit is only accessible to students enrolled in the Bachelor's programmes Biology or old curriculum Life Science & Technology. Students following other degree programmes cannot follow this course unit and will be unenrolled in Progress.
  • Maximum capacity: 30 students
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Biology: major Ecology and Evolution 2 semester II a keuze
BSc Biology: major Integrative Biology 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