Principles of Marine Biology

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WMMB004-05
Vaknaam Principles of Marine Biology
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a (27-09-2021 till 17-10-2021)

Uitgebreide vaknaam Principles of Marine Biology
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:

1) identify benthic organisms while collecting them in the field

2) describe benthic ecosystems including their structure and function, and the key processes and organisms that comprise them.

3) propose, organize, design and perform hypothesis-driven surveys and experiments in the benthic environment, including analyzing, assessing and presenting results
Omschrijving Marine ecosystems share many features with their terrestrial counterparts- but not all. Life in the sea requires specialized adaptations of many kinds and involves many unfamiliar species. This means that benthic research methodology includes both general and unique approaches, considerations and techniques. To perform research in the marine environment, knowing the principle players in the food web and understanding how they interact both biotically and abiotically is a first step. Learning how to observe, formulate hypotheses and design experiments is a second step. The course combines lectures, reading and group discussions in combination with hands-on field experience

Lectures will review the marine environment, its ancientness and peculiarities, principle ecosystems and marine biodiversity. Basic ecological processes and concepts will be discussed to include oceanographic principles where appropriated. Through guided observation, students will learn to formulate research questions, develop and execute simple experiments for different community types.

Fieldwork will provide hands-on experience to include formulation of questions, considerations of experimental design and analysis, set-up and actual data collection, and the final analyses. Field work will be conducted in the soft-shore Wadden Sea system and the rocky-shore Gullmar Fjord system in Sweden.
Uren per week 40
Onderwijsvorm Bijeenkomst (S), Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
(Lectures, reading, discussion, fieldwork during excursions to the Wadden Sea (Netherlands) and the Gullmar Fjord (Skagerrak, Sweden), practical exercises and presentations)
Toetsvorm Mondeling tentamen (OR), Opdracht (AST), Presentatie (P)
(The grade is based on 1) performance during practical course work (20 %), 2) oral presentation of individual analysis (40 %), and 3) performance during oral examination (40 %).)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. B.D.H.K. Eriksson
Docent(en) prof. dr. B.D.H.K. Eriksson ,dr. L.L. Govers ,prof. dr. D.W. Thieltges
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Powerpoints of lectures and additional reading material. Manual for the practicals. Laptop or similar with access to R-studio.
Entreevoorwaarden Students need to be enrolled in Marine Biology.
Opmerkingen Register for this course by sending an email to:

Estimated costs for traveling are about 20 euro and 5 euro for the syllabus
Location: Linnaeusborg, Nijenborgh 7, Groningen;
Herdershut, Schiermonnikoog; Klubbans Biological Station, Gullmar Fjord, Fiskebäckskil, Sweden
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Ecology and Evolution: Ecology and Conservation  (Electives/optional modules) - semester I a keuze
MSc Ecology and Evolution: Evolutionary Biology  (Electives/optional modules) - semester I a keuze
MSc Marine Biology: Research  ( Track Research) - semester I a verplicht
MSc Marine Biology: Science, Business and Policy - semester I a verplicht