BIOL5011 Marine Botany (Level 5) (15 credits)

Marine botany

The aim of this paper is to give students the opportunity to apply their understanding of the biology, physiology, ecology and the identification and classification of marine autotrophs. 

You’ll examine the biology and ecology of marine plants in detail. How do they reproduce? What adaptations do they have to survive in a variety of different environments? Why are they an important component of the marine environment? What potential do they have to assist as a sustainable food source or provide potential medical uses?

Content includes:

  • Algal biology and ecology
  • Marine autotrophs 
  • Life cycles, osmosis photosynthesis
  • Evolution and classification of autotrophs 
  • Identification of crucial New Zealand marine/coastal autotrophs
  • Scientific writing and communication
  • Common names – English and Te Reo Māori
  • Sustainability and marine botany

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