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Introduction to Coral Reef Biology - BIOL2020

Year - 2018

This unit covers the key biological organisms and processes in coral reef environments and linkages between them. Emphasis is given to corals, other reef associated invertebrates (e.g. echinoderms), plankton and fishes. Ecological and physiological aspects of key organisms are explored. Aspects covered include oceanography, biogeography, distribution of corals, coral bleaching and health, symbioses, the input of plankton to reefs, the role of fishes and invertebrate bio-eroders in reef environments, and impacts of environmental change on coral reef health. The unit is well suited to students with interests in marine science and ecology, environmental sciences and broader disciplines (e.g. education, arts, and environmental law).

7-day intensive field course

Two 1000-wd essays (2x10%), one 2000-wd field report (40%), one 2-hour exam (40%)

Hutchings PA, O. Hoegh-Guldberg and M. J. Kingsford (eds) 2008 The Great Barrier Reef, Biology, Environment and Management. CSIRO Press. Hopley 2011 Encyclopedia of Modern Coral Reefs. Springer.

Additional information
This unit requires School permission to enrol; please see the School of Life and Environmental Sciences website for details on how to apply. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any Intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered.

Assumed knowledge
Basic experimental design and statistical analysis.


12cp from (BIOL1XXX, MBLG1XXX)


BIOL2920 or BIOL3016 or BIOL3916


Faculty: Science

Intensive July

25 Jun 2018

Department/School: Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Study Mode: Field experience
Census Date: 27 Jul 2018
Unit of study level: Intermediate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? Yes
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: A/Prof Will Figueira
HECS Band: 2
Courses that offer this unit

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