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Tipo: Altro

FUNDAMENTALS OF MARINE BIOLOGY

Scheda dell'insegnamento

Anno accademico di regolamento: 
2019/2020
Anno di corso: 
1
Anno accademico di erogazione: 
2019/2020
Tipo di attività: 
Obbligatorio
Lingua: 
Inglese
Crediti: 
6
Ciclo: 
Primo Semestre
Ore di attivita' didattica: 
52

Moduli

Metodi di valutazione

Modalita' di verifica dell'apprendimento: 

Assessment method
Oral examination

Mark range: 18-30/30

Valutazione: 
Voto Finale

Obiettivi formativi

Aims
This course examines different biological and ecological aspects and processes of ocean ecosystems. Topics include the distributions, abundances, life habits and interactions of marine organisms characterizing the main zones and the different systems of the marine environment. The impact of multiple stressors and the problems affecting the marine habitats are also discussed.

Contenuti

Contents
Processes of marine organisms, Marine systems and habitats, Functioning of Marine Ecosystems

Programma esteso

Detailed program
Introduction to the course

What is marine biology and why it matters; history of marine biology; the scientific method

Patterns in the marine environment

Biogeography, biodiversity, abundance and size

The marine environment

World oceans; structure of the ocean floor; chemical and physical properties of seawater; ocean circulation; life in a fluid medium; primary and secondary production

Classification and characteristics of the marine environments

General classification of marine environments; benthic life habits; benthic environments: tidelands (rocky shores, soft-substratum shores, marshes, mangroves, estuaries); sea grass beds, seaweed and kelp forests, rocky reefs, coral reefs; continental shelf seabed; deep sea; polar regions; pelagic environments and pelagic life habits

Introduction to impacts

Fisheries and aquaculture; pollution and climate change; conservation

Present and future of marine biology

Main recent lines of research ain marine biology

Seminars

The fate of plastic pollution in the Red Sea (Dr. Cecilia Martin, KAUST, Saudi Arabia) - 05/12/19

Genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics of coral-associated Symbiodinaceae (Dr. Yohan Louis, University of Mauritius) – to be defined

Bibliografia consigliata

Textbook and teaching resource
PowerPoint slides

Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology (3°edition). Jeffrey S. Levinton, Oxford University Press

Marine Ecology: Processes, Systems, and Impacts (2° edition). Michel J. Kaiser et al., Oxford University Press

Marine Biology (10° edition). Peter Castro & Michael E. Huber, McGrow Hill Higher Education

Metodi didattici

Teaching form
Lessons (4 credits - Dr. Davide Maggioni)

Tutorials (2 credits - Dr. Caterina Lanfredi)