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 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
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
MODULE 1: MARINE LIFE
MODULE 2: THE OCEAN SYSTEM
MODULE 3: CLIMATE CHANGE AND MULTIPLE STRESSORS
MODULE 4: STEWARDSHIP OF THE OCEANS