Life Below Water: Conservation, Current Issues, Possible Solutions
Develop knowledge and research skills in marine conservation
It is widely accepted that the phenomenal biodiversity within underwater ecosystems and habitats has been very negatively affected by human interaction.
The exact nature and course of the damage, and what can be done about it, are not as clearly understood. This four-week course by the University of the Sunshine Coast aims to change that.
You’ll develop research and analytic skills, gaining insights into how to measure and minimise human impact on marine life. Ultimately, you’ll learn how to preserve underwater biodiversity and better protect aquatic animals.
Explore marine biodiversity and aquatic ecology
On this course, you’ll take a deep dive into the ecosystems found below the water’s surface. You’ll also be introduced to the form, function, and evolution of aquatic animals.
As you learn what types of species exist, and how they have adapted to survive, you’ll gain greater insights into how to ensure animal conservation in these environments.
Gain a deeper understanding of the environmental impact of humans
In addition to natural aquatic ecology you’ll examine how human behaviour exacerbates climate change, and the effects that climate change has on underwater fauna and flora.
With an understanding of the threats to marine life, you’ll then take a look at new developments in marine science, and how this is leading to solutions to human impact.
Enjoy world-class education with the University of the Sunshine Coast
Throughout the course, you’ll be guided by the specialists at the University of the Sunshine Coast and learn from ecology experts to help develop your skills, confidence, and knowledge in marine conservation.
The University has ranked 3rd Place on The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for life underwater, and 5th on life on land.
Over the duration of the course, you’ll look at the following subjects:
- Biodiversity and ecology
- Form, function, and evolution in marine animals
- Human impacts and climate change
- Cutting-edge research and possible conservation solutions
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Identify common groups of aquatic species, including marine mammals, reptiles, fish and seabirds
- Discuss common problems facing species in aquatic environments, including climate change, urbanisation, and fisheries exploitation
- Explain key aspects of the morphology, behaviour and ecology of species in aquatic environments, including crocodile movement, diving mammals, and shark reproduction
- Investigate the advanced techniques and technology which are used to study and solve conservation issues by scientists.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in the ecology and conservation of aquatic animals. The knowledge gained can be used to pursue opportunities outside environmentalism, in diverse fields such as business, education, finance, and eco-tourism.
Who developed the course?
LocationSunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
World rankingTop 600Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021
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