Marine Conservation

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WMMB011-05
Vaknaam Marine Conservation
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a (18-10-2021 till 07-11-2021)
ECTS 5
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

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

1. Explain the main threats to marine life on a species, population and ecosystem level.

2. Present and discuss a paper on a course-related topic to and audience of fellow students and to critically analyse the paper's content.

3. Apply theoretical knowledge from lectures in hands-on (simulation) exercises

4. Critically assess applied examples on marine conservation biology, restoration ecology and nature management.

5. Translate thematic research papers to a new style scientific poster format

6. Assess and discuss how marine research may lead to conservation action

7. Communicate scientific research to the broader public
Omschrijving Although marine ecosystems share many features with their terrestrial counterparts there are also fundamental differences that must be considered in a management and conservation context. In general, the marine environment is more open so many species have vast ranges and multiple life stages that each have different dispersal capabilities and trophic interactions. Marine life is also poorly surveyed when compared to terrestrial systems. Understanding how the environment shapes biodiversity, how species interact with one another and how anthropogenic processes affect ecosystems are key to conserving, managing and restoring marine biodiversity and ecosystems.

Lectures, combined with hands-on exercises, simulations and group discussions will introduce the principles of marine conservation along three levels: species, populations and ecosystems. This includes a review of basic concepts and an identification of threats to marine life. Secondly, real-life case studies will be presented and discussed, covering the concept of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), restoration ecology and marine management. Applied lectures and field excursions are essential assets to this part of the course. In the final week, you will learn how research on marine conservation may lead to conservation action and look beyond the biological aspects of conservation. This includes a small governance aspect, an NGO symposium and science communication.

Through guided observations, hands-on practice and discussions, you will learn about which research is relevant to marine conservation issues and to develop solutions to implement management strategies.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Bijeenkomst (S), Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
(Dry practicals (exercises), field excursions, NGO symposium (seminar). If students miss out on more than 1 mandatory part they cannot be graded for the final assignment.)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST)
(Average grade higher than 5.5, no assignment grade below 5.0)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. L.L. Govers
Docent(en) dr. M.K. Boer, de ,dr. L.L. Govers , E.M.J. Laetz, PhD. ,prof. dr. ir. T. van der Heide , S.E.T. van der Meij, PhD. ,prof. dr. J.A. van Gils
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
All lecture PowerPoint slides available on Nestor
Supplemental primary research papers (40+ papers in total).
Entreevoorwaarden Bachelor/Masters in Biology, Environmental Sciences, Lifesciences and Technology.
Opmerkingen Maximum number of students will be fixed to 25
Location: Linneausborg, Nijenborgh 7, Groningen

Students within Marine Biology have priority.
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  (Compulsory master courses) - semester I a keuze