AEW-51806 Introduction Marine and Estuarine Ecology


Studiepunten 6.00

Field practical51
Group work3
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. ing. NJ Diepens
dr. MJA Christianen
Lecturer(s)Msc ME Vollebregt
dr. ir. MFLLW Lürling
dr. ir. ing. NJ Diepens
ing. JAJ Beijer
dr. MJA Christianen
dr. MJ Baptist
Examiner(s)dr. ir. ing. NJ Diepens

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

AEW-22806 Marine Systems; AEW-20706 practical Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality.


Note: This course has a maximum number of participants. The deadline for registration is one week earlier than usual.
See Academic Year.( -> Registration for Courses.

Students are introduced in the structural and functional characteristics of marine and estuarine systems, i.e. physical, chemical and biological properties of the various ecosystems. Guest lecturers will present cases that exemplify the major processes and management options in marine environments. On the island of Texel the students will use their theoretical training to investigate various ecosystems. Attention will be paid to mass transport from the sea to the island and vice versa, food webs on mudflats and beach in relation to sediment type, migratory birds and bird predation pressure.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the composition of marine and estuarine water;
- explain the main physical, chemical and biological processes in marine waters;
- (dis)similarities between the main marine and estuarine ecosystems;
- explain important ecological concepts in marine systems (e.g. food webs, regime shifts);
- recognize marine and estuarine systems by their structure and functioning;
- apply a number of sampling and measuring techniques;
- independently set up and perform (field) experiments;
- analyse and present your results.


- following (guest)lectures;
- make a research proposal for an experiment;
- perform experiments in the field and laboratory;
- analyse and present the results;
- excursion to Burgers Zoo.


Final mark will be based on:
- written examination (30%);
- individual performance (10%);
- report (30%);
- research proposal + poster presentation (30%).
Results of partial interim examinations (deelcijfers) are valid for the period of three years.


A manual and lecture notes will be distributed during the course.
P.R. Pinet: Invitation to Oceanography.

Verplicht voor: WUMLRBSc Minor Marine Living Resources6WD