MARS5007: Coral Reefs and Climate Change
Credit points: 6
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jody Webster
Session: S1 Intensive
Classes: University based delivery: Prefield trip Tutorial and Lectures, Field based delivery: Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials - individual consultations to develop concepts in research, Independent Research and Oral Presentation.
Assessment: Written assignments: essay and project report; oral presentation; seminar and lecture participation.
Delivery Mode: Lectures, meetings and field experience.
Note: Department permission required for enrolment.
This unit provides an in - depth understanding of the key geological, oceanographic, biological and economic factors effecting global climate change and coral reef response, with specific reference to the Great Barrier Reef. Predictions of worst and best case scenarios for the future of coral reef systems are discussed in the context of the latest science, and in light of how this science should underpin future management strategies and policy. Learning activities will include a series of background lectures and research seminars, and tutorials on the development of a major research project. A major aspect of this unit is an independent research project conducted under the supervision of the course instructors. The unit concludes with a series of oral presentations based on student research. Assessment tasks will consist of an essay, a research seminar, and a research project report and presentation. This is a field intensive course held at One Tree Island or Heron Island or Orpheus Island Research Stations.