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Ecology of Top Predators in Marine Systems

Semester 3

This module will provide learners with detailed knowledge of the biology and ecology of top predators in marine systems, in particular: factors affecting their abundance and distribution, role of top predators in marine ecosystems, ecological consequences of top predator declines, role of top predators in monitoring and management of marine ecosystems, interaction between marine megafauna and fisheries.

Syllabus to include:
Factors affecting top predator abundance and distribution
Role of top predators in marine ecosystems
Interactions between marine megafauna and fisheries
Ecological consequences of top predator declines
Top predators as marine sentinels