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BIOL3016: Coral Reef Biology

2024 unit information

Coral Reef Biology is an intensive unit held at a research station on the Great Barrier Reef. The unit focuses on the dominant taxa in coral reef environments and the linkages between them. Emphasis is placed on the biological adaptations for life in tropical waters and the ecological, oceanographic and physiological processes involved. Aspects covered include: processes influencing the distribution of coral reefs, symbiosis, reef connectivity, lagoon systems, nutrient cycling and the impacts of climate change and other anthropogenic pressures on the world's corals reefs.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations

Code BIOL3016
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
[12cp of BIOL2XXX] OR [6cp from BIOL2XXX and (MBLG2X72 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2002)]
BIOL3916 or BIOL2020 or BIOL2920
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. appreciate biodiversity of coral reefs and identification (fishes, corals, non-coral invertebrates)
  • LO2. appreciate the diversity of life histories, habitats and biology among coral reef inhabitants
  • LO3. understand linkages between coral reef habitats, the pelagic environment and land-based activities
  • LO4. understand the processes involved in management issues specific tropical ecosystems
  • LO5. appreciate the influence of climate change and other anthropogenic stressors on coral reef ecosystems
  • LO6. learn a variety of practical techniques for studying coral reef ecosystems
  • LO7. develop research skills with field and laboratory equipment
  • LO8. learn techniques for designing field studies, gathering field data and analytical considerations
  • LO9. develop scientific writing and analytical skills by producing a research report based on data obtained and analysed to test scientific hypotheses.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive February 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive July 2021
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive July 2022
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive February 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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Important enrolment information

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Additional advice

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.