MAE-50306 Short Research Projects in Marine Animal Ecology


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper12
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. AJ Murk
dr. LE Becking
dr. R Osinga
Examiner(s)prof. dr. AJ Murk

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Continuation courses:

Thesis and internship MAE


Marine animal ecology (MAE) studies how marine animals adapt in response to a changing environment over ecological and evolutionary time-scales. The research project can focus on different organismal levels, from eco-physiology, early life-stage development, population genomics, up to whole ecological community responses. It is also possible to conduct a research project aimed at gaining a better understanding of the consequences of climate change and anthropogenic activities to ecosystem services and conservation management strategies.
The aim of this individual course is that students apply previously acquired knowledge and skills within a real-life research environment. Students will either design a project proposal based on recent literature, carry out a designated project (including reporting) or write an article in the format of a scientific or review publication for a scientific journal.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to apply previously acquired knowledge and experimental skills in order to:
- develop a testable hypothesis based on a selected set of publications;
- design a realistic work plan;
- execute a designated research project provided by the supervisors;
- report the results of a designated research project provided by the supervisors;
- write a report in the form of a research publication for a peer reviewed journal based upon an existing series of data for example originating from an MSc thesis;
- write a review on a dedicated subject in the form of a review publication for a peer reviewed journal.


Evaluation of the written material and performance during the short research project.


Will be provided at the start of the course