Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
By the end of the course, the student
- Has gained a general understanding of concepts and methods needed to examine key processes in estuarine ecosystems,
- Has experience in performing an estuarine ecological experiment (including design, performance, analyses & reporting),
- Has obtained the ability to critically read, understand and interpret scientific literature
- Has developed skills communicating scientific results to a broader audience.
Coastal systems such as estuaries or tidal embayments are among the most biologically productive ecosystems on the planet, critical to the life cycles of fish, other aquatic animals, and the creatures that feed on them. The Coastal Ecology module covers the physical and chemical aspects of coastal systems, the biology and ecology of key organisms, the flow of organic matter through coastal systems, and human interactions, such as the environmental impact of fisheries on coastse and the effects of global climate change on these important ecosystems.|
We will discuss state-of-the-art thoughts and findings based on recent peer-reviewed scientific papers from international journals authored by a team of experts from the coastal science community. These papers focus on temperate coastal systems and cover key processes that structure these systems (a.o. bio-geomorphology, primary productivity and trophic transfer).
The course will start with introductions on the framework of the course, and how to read and present a scientific paper. Hereafter, the organizers of the Coastal Ecology module will introduce each week two or more specific scientific papers, one or more general paper on the background of the process studied and one or more paper comprising new insights on this matter, which will be made available via the Blackboard.
The students are then requested to read the papers thoroughly. The general papers are discussed within the group. For the second papers, students should prepare questions within small groups with regard to the Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results or Discussion sections. After discussing the questions within the full group, the students will interview one of the authors of one of the specific papers. In addition, students (one group per week) will prepare a presentation on the second paper indicated for a broader audience, which is presented as the start of the discussion with the invited author.
Furthermore, students will learn to execute an experiment within the field of coastal ecology, including the design, performance, data analysis and reporting. Data analysis will be done using R, a programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics, which will be shortly introduced during the course. The one-day experiment will be performed at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) on Texel.
Development of Transferable Skills:
- Ability to work in a team: research papers and a scientific experiment need to be prepared and carried out in teams. Students have to distribute tasks and organize the workflow.
- Problem solving: students will measure their own data and have to use different statistical approaches to analyse them and make scientifically valid conclusions.
- Verbal communication skills: emphasis is put on transferring knowledge to a non-scientific audience; talks need to be prepared to make scientific literature and concepts approachable for the general public.
- Quantitative skills: univariate statistical methods will be applied to analyse experimental results
- Technical skills: using computer programs as R for statistical analysis
|Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen|
- Toelatingsbeschikking voor de master toegekend
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
|Essential: Bachelor or equivalent degree in Biology or Earth Sciences or related field. |
Useful background: basic knowledge of marine sciences, mathematics and R.
|Mariene wetenschappen I, II & III (B-B1MAWE13, B-B3MSCI05, B-B2MAWE14)||Verplicht materiaal-Aanbevolen materiaal|
|Zuur, A.F., Ieno, E.N., Meesters, E. 2009. A Beginner’s Guide to R. Springer.|
BeoordelingFinal grading is based upon written exams (open questions) on week 51, 2019 (40%) and week 4, 2020 (40%) referring to the scientific papers that are discussed during the course, and a report of the experiment to be submitted before 25 January 2020 (20%).
Aspecten van academische vorming
| • Academisch denken, werken en handelen • Bestuderen en analyseren van informatie • Communicatieve vaardigheden • Discussieren, debatteren • Sociaal-contactuele vaardigheden • Samenwerken met anderen, werken in teamverband • Hanteren van wetenschappelijk instrumentarium • Materiaal / data verzamelen / produceren • Materiaal / data analyseren en verwerken • Rapporteren over onderzoek - mondeling • Beheersen van methoden en technieken |