The success of television series such as ‘The Blue Planet’, ‘Coast’ and ‘Oceans’ demonstrates our universal fascination with the aquatic environment. This introductory module will provide an overview of, and introduction to, aquatic environments, habitats and their associated biodiversity.
The module will consider aquatic environments from upland streams, descending through diverse freshwater environments (including lakes and wetlands) to rivers, estuaries, the coast, seas and oceans. Fascinating case-studies will explore a range of topics such as coral bleaching, the adaptations of marine megafauna such as whales and dolphins, and life in the frozen seas. At the end of the module you will have a broad-based knowledge and understanding of marine and freshwater systems and will recognise that a wide diversity of plants and animals are important components of aquatic ecosystems.
A major thrust of this module is of the challenges of various aquatic habitats, and the adaptations organisms have to live in those challenging environments.