LismoreSession 3Session 3
National Marine Science Centre Coffs HarbourSession 3Session 3
OnlineSession 3N/A

Unit description

Provides field-based coral reef ecology training, including quantitative ecological surveys and discussion of important management issues for the Great Barrier Reef. Examines the biology of reef-building organisms, ecological interactions and reef formation, natural disturbances and human impacts on reefs, and the status of coral reefs globally.

Unit content

Introduction to coral reef ecology and management
Reef origins and geomorphology
Biology and ecology of coral communities
Algal builders and primary productivity on coral reefs
Secondary production and trophic pathways on coral reefs
Reef biodiversity
Reef fish communities
Natural disturbance and reef communities
Human impacts on coral reefs
Coral bleaching, climate change and global reef status
Coral reef management issues

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 3

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Teaching and assessment


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