bio330 - Marine Ecology (Complete module description)

bio330 - Marine Ecology (Complete module description)

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Module label Marine Ecology
Modulkürzel bio330
Credit points 15.0 KP
Workload 450 h
Institute directory Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Akzentsetzungsmodule
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Akzentsetzungsmodule
  • Master of Education Programme (Gymnasium) Biology (Master of Education) > Mastermodule
Zuständige Personen
  • Hillebrand, Helmut (module responsibility)
  • Moorthi, Stefanie (Module counselling)
  • Garcia, Sarahi Lorena (Module counselling)
  • Hillebrand, Helmut (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Moorthi, Stefanie (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Garcia, Sarahi Lorena (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Skills to be acquired in this module

++ biological knowledge ++ knowledge of biological working methods ++ biologically relevant knowledge in the natural sciences and mathematics + statistics & scientific programming + interdisciplinary knowledge & thinking ++ abstract, logical, analytical thinking ++ deepened expertise in biological specialist field ++ independent learning and (research-based) working ++ data presentation and evidence-based discussion (written and spoken) + teamwork ++ (scientific) communication skills + project and time management 

Apply theoretical concepts from different fields in marine ecology Analyse, present, and interpret results from the marine ecological literature and own investigations Acknowledge the importance of general ecological concepts for ecosystem management Gain experience in the application of field and lab methods in ecology

Module contents

Lecture/Seminar Discussions on aquatic microbiology 2 SWS: Early Earth and diversification of life, Exploring the Microbial World, Metabolic diversity of microorganisms, Carbon cycle, Ecological diversity of phototrophic bacteria, Diversity of microbial Eukarya, Photosynthesis through evolution, Diversity of Archaea, Nitrogen cycle, Microbial Symbiosis, and Fate of Microorganisms in the aquatic environments.

Exercise Concepts in marine ecology 6 SWS. Presence time 70 h, additional study time 200h, winter-term Practical and theoretical exercises on marine ecology, including field studies, experiments and working with case studies from the literature. The focus is on concepts here, pinpointing at general ecological frameworks. Lecture Marine Ecology 2 SWS. Presence time 24 h, additional study time 66h, winter-term Ecology of marine systems: estuaries, rocky and sediment coasts, pelagial, shelfs, mangroves, seagrass meadows, coral reefs, deep sea, polar regions. The focus is on ecological specifics and interactions in the biotic communities of these systems. The second half of the lecture will focus on importance and consequences of overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, climate change and bioinvasion on marine systems.


C.M. Lalli, T.R. Parsons, Biological Oceanography: An Introduction, Elsevier, Oxford. U. Sommer, Biologische Meereskunde, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg.

Languages of instruction German, English
Duration (semesters) 2 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 4 56
Exercises 6 84
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 140 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module

Written exam at the end of the Lecture Marine Ecology

1 written exam (Lecture) (50%), 1 oral presentation (Exercise) (50%) PLEASE NOTE: Additional conditions regarding attendance and ungraded activities as determined by the persons responsible for the module will apply.