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Marine Field Ecology - BIOL3008

Year - 2020

This field course provides a practical introduction to the experimental analysis of marine populations and assemblages. Students gain experience using a range of intertidal sampling techniques and develop a detailed understanding of the logical requirements necessary for manipulative ecological field experiments. No particular mathematical or statistical skills are required for this subject. Group experimental research projects in the field are the focus of the unit during the day, with lectures and discussion groups about the analysis of experimental data and current issues in experimental marine ecology occurring in the evening.

One 8-day field course held in the pre-semester break (11-19 July), plus four 1-hour tutorials during semester 2

Discussion groups, research project proposal, biodiversity survey report, data analysis and checking, research project report (100%).

No textbook is prescribed but Coastal Marine Ecology of Temperate Australia. Eds. Underwood, A.J. and Chapman, M.G. 1995. University of New South Wales Press, provides useful background reading.

Additional information
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 senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. Students must apply via the School of Life Environmental Sciences rather than directly through Sydney Student Unit of Study Selection. Information on how to apply will be on the SOLES Student Portal on Canvas:


12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or (6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972))


BIOL3908 or BIOL2028 or BIOL2928


Faculty: Science

Intensive August

20 Jul 2020

Department/School: Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 07 Aug 2020
Unit of study level: Senior
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: Dr Ezequiel Marzinelli
HECS Band: 2
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