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You will take a comparative perspective to develop an understanding of how marine mammals live in the Anthropocene through a series of lectures, practicals and assessments.
Field visits and practical sessions will provide opportunities to develop skills and expertise in identification and comparative anatomy and taxonomy.
Through a student-lead learning approach, you will gain skills in collaborative work and time management and apply your knowledge and understanding of marine mammals to problems related to their ecology and conservation.
|Second Sub Session
|15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
In this course, students develop an understanding of the diversity of marine mammals and how this diversity emerged. The course begins with a comparative evolutionary perspective of the three main marine mammal taxa and the processes that drove their evolution. Following on from the evolutionary work, students will take a comparative approach to life history traits of marine mammals to understand physiological, biological and behavioural adaptations of the three main taxa. The course concludes with a global overlook of conservation challenges facing marine mammals within the context of their evolution. In addition to this conceptual framework, students will gain practical skills in comparative vertebrate anatomy and taxonomy, as well as field ecology.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
A short answer online test (30%),
An individual report based on collaborative work (40%),
A set of weekly group presentations (30%).
• Similar to 1st Attempt, with existing pass marks carried forward and the opportunity to resit what was failed previously.
There are no assessments for this course.
Students will receive individual and group feedback on each assessment through MyAberdeen and will receive informal, verbal feedback during practical sessions and field visits.