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Marine Biology

Code: 47312
ECTS: 4.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Tatjana Bakran-Petricioli
Lecturers: dr. sc. Maja Novosel - Seminar
Take exam: Studomat
English level:


The lecturer is not able to offer courses in English at this time.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Seminar 30
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
1. List main groups of marine organism and habitats.
2. Recognise main characteristics of life in the sea.
3. Recognise connection between processes which take place in marine organisms and between them and the particularities of marine environment.
4. Define endangerment of the life in the sea and justify need for its protection.
5. Explain the need for intra- and interdisciplinary collaboration in sea research.

Course objective is introducing main characteristics of life and processes in the sea to the students, as well as their global importance, threats and need for its protection.
1. Properties of the sea water. Geomorphology of the ocean.
2. Movements of water masses. Global distribution of marine species and habitats. Methods of marine research.
3. Peculiarities of marine life and processes in the sea.
4. Ecological and evolutionary principles.
5. Adaptation of organisms to life in the sea.
6. Reproduction, distribution and migration.
7. Plankton communities.
8. Benthic communities.
9. Productivity and food webs, matter cycling and energy flow.
10. Life in the deep sea.
11. Comparison between terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
12. Biodiversity in the sea and its importance.
13. Human impact on the sea and exploitation of marine bio-resources. Possibility for sustainable development of human activities connected to the sea.
14. Peculiarities of the living world of the Adriatic Sea.
15. Protection and preservation of the Adriatic Sea.
Seminars are thematically connected to the lectures within the same week. Literature for the seminars is consisted of recent review and expert papers.
  1. Interna skripta i prezentacije s predavanja
  2. Bakran-Petricioli, T. (2007): Morska staništa - Priručnik za inventarizaciju i praćenje stanja (serija Biološka raznolikost Hrvatske; ISBN 978-953-7169-31-2). Državni zavod za zaštitu prirode, Zagreb, 56 str. + 102 str. priloga http://www.dzzp.hr/publikacije/prirucnici/bioloska-raznolikost-hrvatske-prirucnici-za-inventarizaciju-i-pracenje-stanja-536.html
  3. Bakran-Petricioli, T. (2011): Priručnik za određivanje morskih staništa u Hrvatskoj prema Direktivi o staništima EU (ISBN 978-953-7169-84-8). Državni zavod za zaštitu prirode, Zagreb, 184 str.
  4. Odabrani pregledni i stručni članci (posebno za seminare)
  5. Castro, P & Huber, ME (2005) Marine Biology, McGraw Hill, New York, SAD
  6. Levinton, JS (2001) Marine Biology (Function, Diversity, Ecology), Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
  7. Nybakken, JW & Bertness, MD (2005) Marine Biology: An Ecological Approach, Pearson-Benjamin Cummings Press, San Francisco, USA
8. semester
Izborni predmeti biologija i /ili kemija - Regular study - Biology and Chemistry Education
Consultations schedule: