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Coastal and Marine Ecology

  • Autumn 2024
  • Next course: 02. September - 20. September 2024
  • CMM Core Course | 6 ECTS
  • Course:CMM0306

About the course

The course focuses on marine ecological concepts, and ecosystem patterns and processes while recognizing the importance of different types of marine habitats. It examines ecological principles of both population and community ecology and strives to place ecological knowledge in the broader context of the many global environmental challenges we face today. It focuses particularly on temperate and polar ecosystems, including case studies of marine and coastal ecology of the Icelandic ecosystem whenever possible. Discussion sessions and writing assignments serve to deepen the understanding of selected theoretical and practical concepts, approaches, or applications as well as to train students in reading and writing scientific papers.


Learning outcome

On completion of the course a student:

  • can recognize basic ecological principles of population, community and ecosystem ecology and can list ecological drivers and processes particular to the marine ecosystem.
  • can list and define common ecological research methods and recognize common applications, benefits, and shortcomings of different methods.
  • is familiar with current research backed knowledge on the consequences of human induced impacts on marine ecosystems.
  • can compare, assess, and critique scientific literature in the field of marine and coastal ecology through reading, writing and discussion.
  • can rate and compare mitigating actions to human impacts on marine ecosystems.
  • can recognize and describe how ecological research relates to environmental, natural resource studies and management and can identify the role of ecological information in decision making.
  • can construct an in-depth synthesis of current ecological research
  • can design and execute a field-based research plan (with guidance) and clearly communicate results visually, orally and in writing.


Prerequisites: No prerequisites registered for the course

Assessment: 60% group assignments, 20% final paper, 20% written exam

Final Exam: Assignment