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Marine Ecology of the Littoral Zone

Code: 44552
ECTS: 7.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Tatjana Bakran-Petricioli
Lecturers: dr. sc. Maja Novosel - Seminar
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The lecturer is not able to offer courses in English at this time.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Seminar 45
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
1. Differentiate the main living communities in the littoral zone and describe processes which take place in them.
2. Plan and organise simple research of those communities.
3. Define scientific approach and use it in the research of the life in the sea.
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.

Introducing main characteristics of the littoral zone and processes that take place there to the students. Also, introducing main types of littoral communities and their ecology, as well as anthropogenic threats to which they are exposed and need for its protection. After successfully passing the exam students will be able to use the acquired knowledge to understand and research the ecological processes which take place in the littoral zone.
1. Basic terms in marine ecology.
2. Chemical, physical and biological properties of marine coastal (littoral and sublittoral) areas.
3. Research methods in ecology of marine coastal areas.
4. Organic production in coastal ecosystems.
5. Dynamics of littoral and sublittoral living communities.
6. Types of littoral and sublittoral living communities and their ecological peculiarities.
7. Living communities under the influence of tides.
8. Seagrass meadows.
9. Littoral communities on the sediment substrata.
10. Coralligenous community.
11. Species that are ecosystem engineers.
12. Human impact on the littoral and sublittoral living communities.
13. Endangered littoral and sublittoral habitats of Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas.
14. Management of marine bio-resources in littoral areas and their preservation.
15. Ecology of protected littoral and sublittoral areas.
Seminars are thematically connected to the lectures within the same week. Literature for the seminars consists of recent scientific, 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, znanstveni i stručni članci (posebno za seminare)
  5. Mann, KH (2000) Ecology of Coastal Waters, Blackwell Science, Abingdon, UK
  6. Bertness, MD, Gaines, SD & Hay, ME (2001) Marine Community Ecology, Sinauer Associates, Sunderland MA, USA
  7. Black, KD, urednik, (2001) Environmental Impacts of Aquaculture, Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield, UK
  8. Henderson, PA (2003) Practical Methods in Ecology, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK
2. semester
Mandatory course - Regular module - Marine Biology
Consultations schedule: