Marine and Antarctic Science

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Course Date: 11 August 2014 to 09 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

Have you ever wondered about the diversity of marine biota in our oceans? Do you know what a nudibranch is? Or how a kelp forest functions? Did you realise that the ocean ‘pumps’ carbon? Are you interested in how marine systems; from coral reefs to Antarctic ecosystems are managed? This course will introduce you to the fascinating world of our oceans. You will learn about marine life and key features of the ocean system. You will also explore some of the stressors on marine systems caused by human activity. Finally, this course will cover how society might sensibly approach managing those threats into the future.

Course Instructors

Professor Craig Johnson

Craig is a marine community ecologist and Director of the Marine and Antarctic Futures Centre in the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania. His research is broadly concerned with the dynamics of temperate and tropical reef communities and Antarctic pelagic systems, as well as the science that underpins responsible management of marine systems. Craig works about equally with marine animals and algae, and his research is divided between field work, strongly focused on conducting ecological experiments underwater, and building computer models of marine system dynamics. His research is published in over 120 peer-reviewed publications including two edited books.

Dr. Jess Melbourne-Thomas

Jess is an ecological modeller with the Australian Antarctic Division and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre. She has always had a passion for the marine environment and feels privileged to be in a career where she can follow this passion. Jess has worked on coral reef ecosystems in Indonesia, the Philippines and Mexico, and more recently has been working on Southern Ocean ecosystems. She still enjoys diving on tropical reefs, which provides a good balance to the chilly temperatures of field work in Antarctica.

Course Description

What's it about?

Have you ever wondered about the diversity of marine biota in our oceans? Do you know what a nudibranch is? Or how a kelp forest functions? Did you realise that the ocean ‘pumps’ carbon? Are you interested in how marine systems; from coral reefs to Antarctic ecosystems are managed?

Have you ever wondered about the diversity of marine biota in our oceans? Do you know what a nudibranch is? Or how a kelp forest functions? Did you realise that the ocean ‘pumps’ carbon? Are you interested in how marine systems; from coral reefs to Antarctic ecosystems are managed?

This course will introduce you to the fascinating world of our oceans. You will learn about marine life and key features of the ocean system. You will also explore some of the stressors on marine systems caused by human activity. Finally, this course will cover how society might sensibly approach managing those threats into the future.

What's involved?

Module 1Marine Life
8 videos, 7 quizzes, 1 assessment11 Aug - 17 Aug
Module 2The Ocean System
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment18 Aug - 24 Aug
Module 3Climate Change and Multiple Stressors
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment25 Aug - 31 Aug
Module 4Stewardship of the Oceans
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment1 Sep - 7 Sep

What will I learn?

  • How life has evolved in the sea
  • How marine food webs are structured
  • How some particularly interesting ecosystems function such as kelp forests, the Antarctic ocean, and the deep sea
  • What oceanographers do and some of the technologies they use
  • What drives plant growth and thus ecosystem productivity in the oceans
  • The role of the ocean in shaping and regulating our climate
  • How plate tectonics shape the ocean basins and influence current patterns
  • Consequences of climate change for ocean processes and marine biota
  • How fishing and other human pressures affect ocean systems
  • How seafood is likely to be an important food source in the future
  • How we monitor and manage marine ecosystems

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 4 hours 59 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

Where to from here?

If you love this course, why not take your studies further? Here are some accredited qualifications that could help you achieve your goals.

Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Oceanographer or other marine scientist
  • Fisheries scientist or other marine biologist
  • Ecotourism
  • Public policy
  • Marine manager

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