NBIK15020U Marine Faunistics: Biology and Systematics of Marine Fish and Invertebrates
MSc Programme in Biology
Morphology, biology and taxonomy of benthic and pelagic marine animals are studied by a series of lectures, on-site field work from both shore and boat, snorkeling, student presentations, exercises including species and habitat identification. The various taxonomic groups and research topics are treated by specialists.
The course provides an obvious opportunity for practical use of theoretical knowledge achieved during the BSc courses and MSc courses Marine Biology, Animal morphology and Danish Fauna – Vertebrates.
This course gives the participants a broad knowledge about
- Collection methods
- Identification of Danish marine fishes and benthic and pelagic invertebrates.
- The morphology, biology and taxonomy of relevant marine animals.
By the end of the course the students are expected to have achieved the following skills:
- Describe the morphology, biology and taxonomy of the larger groups of marine animal and relate it to both evolution and environment (habitat).
- Identify Danish Marine fishes and species in the major, marine benthic invertebrate groups.
- Overall knowledge about the phylogeny and evolution of the major groups of marine animals
- Use techniques for collection and identification of marine meiofauna
- Use techniques for collection and identification of holo- and meroplankton.
By the end of the course the students are expected to have achieved the following competences:
- Relate the occurrence and composition of a specific benthic fauna to function, evolution and habitat
- Be able to choose the optimal collection devise for a given type of bottom for a faunistic survey.
- Be able to differentiate between gear used for qualitative and quantitative purposes and to perform a critical evaluation of the limits and benefits when making results and conclusions.
- Plan and perform a quantitative bottom fauna investigation, including analysis and discussion of the results.
Notice that there is a certain degree of overlap between this course and the course Marinbiologisk Sommerkursus.
- Practical exercises
- Project work
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Continuous assessmentThe student will be evaluated for their active participation and performance during the course.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- passed/not passed
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners
25 minutes oral examination in fauna identification, habitat relation and life strategies, as well as questions in learning outcome of related themes of the course. No preparation time and no aids.
Criteria for exam assesment
See Learning outcome.