Biological Oceanography


Course Objective

At the end of the course, the students are able to:
1. Identify main biological oceanographic processes (4) and describe
their interdependence
2. specify and differentiate between biological processes involved in
the biological pump
3. survey relevant literature about a given research topic within
biological oceanography and summarize in an abstract
4. develop and formulate a follow-up research question / objective on a
given topic within biological oceanography and describe how the research
should be conducted
5. present a lecture aimed at explaining a research topic to a
scientific audience and proposing a continuation research project
6. explain the importance of the biology of the ocean for global change
7. critically discuss, oppose and defend scientific issues within the
field of biological oceanography

Course Content

Teaching Methods

- Lectures
- Discussion forums, flipped classrooms
- Homework assignment (literature survey, abstract writing, oral
- Computer and lab practicals
- Excursion
- Student symposium

Method of Assessment

Exam: 60%
Abstract and formulation research objective: 20%
Oral presentation: 20%

Entry Requirements

basics in (biological) Oceanography


Lectures (power point files)
Selection of scientific papers (will be provided)
(not obligatory) the book: Oceanography and Marine Biology. An
Introduction to Marine Science. (D.W. Townsend. Sinauer Associates, ISBN
9780878936021) may serve as introduction to the course.

Target Audience

master students in the field of climatology, oceanography, ecology,

Additional Information

Biological Oceanography: a systems approach

Custom Course Registration

This course is offered at the UvA. For more information contact: FNWI Education Service Centre, Science Park 904, servicedesk-esc-, +31 (0)20 525 7100. Enrolment via is required.

General Information

Course Code AMU_0021
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. G.M. Ganssen
Examiner dr. G.M. Ganssen
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You cannot register for this course yourself; your faculty's education office carries out registration