Extreme Marine Habitats
Extreme Marine Habitats 2023-24
School of Ocean Sciences
Module - Semester 1
This module will consider the environmental and physiological factors that determine the abundance, distribution patterns and ecology of marine organisms in a range of extreme marine habitats. The habitats covered are: the Polar Regions, coral reefs, deep-sea habitats, and deep-sea reducing habitats such as hydrothermal vents and cold seeps. How the organisms have managed to adapt physiologically within these environments will be discussed and you will be shown the similarities and differences between these habitats and those considered less extreme.
- By the end of this module, you should be able to: 1. Outline the environmental and biological factors controlling the abundance, distribution patterns and ecology of organisms in *extreme* marine habitats in the oceans. 2. Summarise how organisms are able to cope with the physiological demands of their *extreme* marine habitat. 3. Using examples from the lecture material and peer-reviewed literature, question the concept of *extreme* marine habitats and consider whether these habitats are in reality extreme for the organisms that live there (now and in the future). 4. Considering the key characteristics and concepts that are unique to *extreme* marine habitats and/ or organisms, present a case study in a way that is engaging yet rigorous in its scientific content and accessible to a general audience. 5. Critically appraise a variety of evidence to inform your knowledge of *extreme* marine habitats and organisms, and make recommendations relevant to enhancing the accessibility of the information and your knowledge in light of your synthesis of appraised evidence.