Ecology of top predators in marine systems

EMBC+ MODULE 1: Understanding the structure and function of Marine Biodiversity
semester: 
3
ects: 
5

 The ecology of top predators in marine systems: factors affecting their abundance and distribution, role of top predators in marine ecosystems, ecological consequences of top predator declines, role of top predators in monitoring and management of marine ecosystems, interaction between marine megafauna and fisheries

keywords: 
megafauna, seabirds, marine mammals, trophic cascades, habitat requirements, fisheries interactions, marine sentinels
initial: 

Knowledge of  Zoology, Marine Ecology.

final: 

Demonstrated understanding of the latest research concerning factors affecting the spatial and temporal distribution of marine top predators
Demonstrated understanding of the role of top predators in marine ecosystems and the consequences of their removal
Ability to critically evaluate the potential for top predators in monitoring and managing the marine environment.