Coastal Lagoon Ecology (3 ECTS)

Semester: 1st or 2nd

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Coordinators: EsterSerrão (eserrao@ualg.pt) and Karim Erzini (kerzini@ualg.pt)


Scope: Students will acquire knowledge and practical experience of coastal lagoon ecology and apply that knowledge in the practical realization of the planning, implementation and interpretation of field research in rocky shore ecology. Students will gain experience in using the scientific method, formulating hypotheses, planning and executing a small research project to test a hypothesis, in presentations of the work plan and results, and in writing a scientific report in the format of a simplified research paper.


Workload

15h of field work + 10h of tutorials + 15h of seminars + 44 h of independent work.


Registration

As the registration for any elective is mandatory, please wait for an email by the MSc Coordinating Team requesting the names of the electives that you plan to choose for your 2nd year, 1st semester.

 


Evaluation

Each group of students will be supervised by a professor or a doctoral researcher, who will be the main responsible for the evaluation of the practical performance, although other researchers may act as co-supervisors and all teachers contribute to the evaluation of all students. The planning of the work starts before going to the field and the final report is delivered after the return.

The schedule will be planned according to the type of work and the tide times. The final grade of each student will be calculated as 40% from an individual written report and 60% for the performance during the practical work. An evaluation form will be filled out by the teachers, including a justification for the marks awarded.


Syllabus


The theoretical program begins with an introduction to coastal lagoon ecology and examples of applications of the scientific method to test hypotheses in coastal lagoon ecology.

Practical field work will be offered to students on different topics about the ecology of coastal lagoons (the number of themes will depend on the number of students). These will include topics related to microbiomes, microalgae, macroalgae, plants, mobile substrate animals, pelagic animals, plankton, birds.