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ZO5007: FISH BIOLOGY (2016-2017)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 17:54

Course Overview

This course will survey fundamental aspects of the biology of different components of the marine fish community through lectures and practicals. At the individual-level, the life cycles and life history strategies of fish will be summarised. Key aspects of population-level biology, including fish migration and population structure, will be covered. Case studies for a range of key Scottish species will also be presented. The relevance of fisheries biology to fisheries management will be highlighted throughout the course

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Tara Marshall

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of MRes Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology or MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology or MSci Biological Sciences
  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or BI4015 Grant Proposal (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Lectures Week 1: Pelagic Fish, Demersal Fish, Nephrops, Market Sampling, RV Surveys, Trip to Peterhead Fish Market

Practical 1: Fish anatomy

Lectures Week 2: Fish growth and condition, Ageing, Otoliths, Larvae and juveniles, Parasites, Maturation, Recruitment

Practical 2: Diversity in fish form and function

Lectures Week 3:, Population structure, Migration, climate change impacts on fish and fisheries, relevance of population biology to fisheries management

Practical 3: Report write-up: formative assessment

Associated Costs


Further Information & Notes

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MRes Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology
  • MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology

Contact Teaching Time

32 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


The course will be grade on one graded report (100%).

Formative Assessment

One-on-one sessions are held in the practical in week 3 to discuss draft reports


Comments on final report intended to benefit write-up of independent research project.

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