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MARINE BIOLOGY
BIOLOGIA MARINA

A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Silvia Casabianca At the end of lesson or contacting the teacher by email
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Biological Sciences (L-13)
Curriculum: NATURALISTICO AMBIENTALE
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Learning Objectives

The goals of this course are to offer the basic of marine biology, including the description of different marine ecosystems: as coastal, pelagic and benthic systems. The course will trait: the fundamental global processes of primary and microbial production that fuel marine systems and the ecology of the responsible organisms; the systems of pelagic environment, mangrove and seagrasses meadows, coral reefs, benthic and coastal systems; the most pressing environmental issues relevant to the marine environment that span the systems previously described, dealing with topics such as eutrophication, alien species, pollution, climate change and marine conservation. Finally, the course is integrated with some key points on the biodiversity concept and molecular ecology applied to the understanding of the marine systems.

Program

Program

1. Marine ecosystems characterisation

2. Biogeography

3. Abundance and size

4. Plankton and planktonic communities

5. Benthos: distribution and composition

6. Processes and marine ecosystems functioning

7. Primary production

8. Inorganic nutrients

9. Measurements of primary production

10. Seasonal cycles of production processes

11. Marine ecosystems:

      Pelagic ecosystem

  Coastal ecosystem

      Coral reef ecosystem

  Mangrove forest and seagrass meadows

12. Sampling methodologies and planktonic communities analysis

13. Biodiversity and genetic diversity

14. Biodiversity in the Mediterranean, Lessepsian migrations, alien species

15. Eutrophication

16. Biological pollution and invasive alien species

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

D1- KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: At the end of the course, students will demonstrate that they have acquired the theoretical knowledge of marine bio-ecology regarding: production processes, various marine ecosystems and potential impacts on them.

D2- APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: The student will demonstrate the ability to recognize and reflect upon production processes, marine ecosystems and the potential impacts on them.

D3- MAKING JUDGEMENTS: The student will have acquired knowledge regarding the basic of marine bio-ecology concerning the production processes, the various marine ecosystems and the potential impacts on them.

D4- COMMUNICATION SKILLS: The student will be able to use adequate scientific language and terminology to transmit the acquired knowledge in a clear and understandable way.

D5- LEARNING SKILLS: The student will be able to examine and understand scientific texts, using the acquired concepts in daily professional research contexts.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Frontal lessons.

Course books

Kaiser M., Attrill M., Jennings S., Thomas D., Barnes D., Brierley A., Polunin N., Raffaelli D., Williams P., Marine Ecology, Oxford Press, 2005.

Dobson M. and Frid C. Ecology of Aquatic Systems, Oxford Press, 2009.

Danovaro R., Biologia marina., Biodiversità e funzionamento degli ecosistemi marini, CittàStudiEdizioni, 2013.

Assessment

Oral interview on topics covered during the course to check the student's knowledge level. In particular, acquired knowledge, critical approach, use of appropriate language and scientific terminology will be assessed.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Reading texts in the section “Course books” and consulting the teaching material uploaded on the Moodle.

Course books

Kaiser M., Attrill M., Jennings S., Thomas D., Barnes D., Brierley A., Polunin N., Raffaelli D., Williams P., Marine Ecology, Oxford Press, 2005.

Danovaro R., Biologia marina., Biodiversità e funzionamento degli ecosistemi marini, CittàStudiEdizioni, 2013.

Assessment

Oral interview on topics covered during the course to check the student's level of knowledge. In particular, acquired knowledge, critical approach, use of appropriate language and scientific terminology will be assessed.

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