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bio360 - Marine Biodiversity (Complete module description)
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Module label Marine Biodiversity
Module code bio360
Credit points 15.0 KP
Workload 450 h
Institute directory Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Applicability of the module
  • Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Akzentsetzungsmodule
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Akzentsetzungsmodule
  • Master of Education Programme (Gymnasium) Biology (Master of Education) > Mastermodule
Responsible persons
Glatzel, Thomas (Module responsibility)
Martinez Arbizu, Pedro Miguel (Module counselling)
Hoppenrath, Mona (Module counselling)
Skills to be acquired in this module
By active participation the students acquire the following knowledge/abilities/qualification:
* Preparation and organization of sampling
* Keeping organisms – field study
* Marine deposits, development of marine sediments and their effects on the fauna
* Methods of meiofauna and macrofauna sampling, also plankton sampling
* Methods of quantitative community analysis
* Diversity comparison of various sites applying statistical methods
* Multivariate statistics for correlation of biocenoses and environmental variables
* Biocenoses of marine habitats
* Biology, morphology, systematics, behaviour and ecology of selected taxa in marine water systems
* Formulation and definition of scientific questions and selection of methods
* Habitat and biocenoses, interstitial, littoral (lotic, lenitic), diversity
* Planning behavioural experiments
* Presentation and discussion of scientific results
* Independent scientific work in groups and presentation of results
Module contents
The module gives an introduction to marine biodiversity research demonstrated by various animal groups from the Wadden Sea and the North Sea including independent sampling on the coast and on the islands. The students will collect the organisms in the field or on board using sampling equipment. In the laboratory course, the biology and morphology as well as the ecology and behaviour of certain species are investigated and documented. The morphology of marine sediments and their development are further aspects of this module.
Reader's advisory
Literatur: EMSCHERMANN, P., HOFRICHTER, O., KÖRNER, H. & D., ZISSLER, 1992: Meeresbiologische Exkursion – Beobachtung und Experiment. Gustav Fischer Verlag, Stuttgart, Jena, New York.
GIERE, O., 2009: Meiobenthology – The Microscopic Motile Fauna of Aquatic Sediments. Springer Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg.
GRZIMEK, B., 1979: Grzimeks Tierleben. 13 Bände. Dtv.
GRUNER, H.-E., 1993: Urania Tierreich. 6 Bände. Urania-Verlag Leipzig, Jena, Berlin.
GRUNER, H.-E., 1993: „Der Kaestner“, A., Lehrbuch der speziellen Zoologie. All volumes, Gustav Fischer Verlag, Jena, Stuttgart.
HAYWARD, P. NELSON-SMITH, T., SHIELDS, C. & M. KREMER, 2008: Der neue Kosmos Strandführer - 1500 Arten der Küsten Europas. Franckh-Kosmos Verlag.
HEMPEL, G., HEMPEL, I. & S. SCHIEL, 2006: Faszination Meeresforschung – Ein ökologisches Lesebuch. Hausschild.
HIGGINS, R.P. & H., THIEL, 1988: Introduction to the Study of Meiofauna. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., London.
RUNDLE, S.D., ROBERTSON, A.L. & J.M. SCHMID-ARAYA, 2002: Freshwater Meiofauna: Biology and Ecology. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden.
SOMMER, U., 2005: Biologische Meereskunde. 2. Auflage, Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg.
TARDENT, P., 1993: Meeresbiologie, eine Einführung. 2. Auflage, Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart, New York.
WESTHEIDE, W. & R., RIEGER, 2007/2004: Spezielle Zoologie. Band I, II. Gustav Fischer Verlag, Stuttgart, Jena.

The literature listed above is available in the university library. More reading will be recommended in the course of the lecture.

Literature inquiry:
web of science: extern - Datenbanken(DBIS) - Biologie - TOP-Datenbanken z. B. ASFA, Science Citation Index, Zoological Record
Open access journals: extern - extern
Language of instruction German
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level AS (Akzentsetzung)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
2 28
9 126
2 28
Total time of attendance for the module 182 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
During lectures
1 Portfolio

Additional conditions regarding attendance and ungraded activities as determined by the persons responsible for the module will apply.