SGBB20003U Marine Mammal Biology and Research
Marine mammals (whales, seals, sea cows, polar bears and sea otters) comprise a diverse group of species characterized by living in and obtaining food from the sea. This course aims at providing the students with a broad introduction to marine mammal biology, including topics ranging from origin, evolution, taxonomy, distribution, abundance, anatomy, sensory system, ecology and behaviour, to diseases, human impacts, climate change, politics, management and conservation. Each topic will be covered at a general introductory level, as well as more specifically by multiple guest lectures presenting and discussing the background, methods and results of marine mammal research projects covering the course's themes. The course goal is to provide the students with an overview of marine mammal biology and research practices, forming a solid basis upon which to build their future study, research and career interests in marine mammals and wildlife in general.
- Marine mammal origin, evolution and systematics
- Diversity, distribution and abundance patterns
- Anatomical and physiological adaptations
- Acoustics, diving and foraging in selected marine mammals
- Life history, reproduction, diseases and pathogens
- Human impacts and principles of management and conservation
- Knowledge of methods for studying marine mammals, including acoustics, DNA analyses, abundance estimation, diet determination and satellite tagging
- Introduction to marine mammal research institutes, research areas and career opportunities in Denmark and abroad
- Apply the most common methods used in marine mammal research
- Obtain, analyse and evaluate information about marine mammals
- Evaluation and reporting of scientific results in oral presentations, posters and reports
- Evaluate the appropriate use of research methods used to study, manage, and conserve marine mammals and wildlife in general
- Explain how human activities may impact marine mammals
- Explain the evolution, ecology, anatomy and physiology of the main groups of marine mammals
Marine Mammals - Evolutionary Biology by Annalisa Berta, James Sumich and Kit Kovacs
Scientific literaturer provided by the course responsible
Exercise guides provided by the course responsible
Feedback will be given by lecturer and students (peer) on short assignments that are made by the students during the hands-on exercises.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 20 min. (and 20 min. preparation time)The oral exam weighs 100 pct. of the final grade.
- Only certain aids allowed
The teacher will provide aids at the exam. No other aids are allowed.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assesment
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