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Marine and Antarctic Science

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Have you ever wondered about the diversity of marine biota in our oceans? Do you know what a nudibranch is? Or how a kelp forest functions? Did you realise that the ocean ‘pumps’ carbon? Are you interested in how marine systems; from coral reefs to Antarctic ecosystems are managed?

This course will introduce you to the fascinating world of our oceans. You will learn about marine life and key features of the ocean system. You will also explore some of the stressors on marine systems caused by human activity. Finally, this course will cover how society might sensibly approach managing those threats into the future.

What will I learn?
  • How life has evolved in the sea
  • How marine food webs are structured
  • How some particularly interesting ecosystems function such as kelp forests, the Antarctic ocean, and the deep sea
  • What oceanographers do and some of the technologies they use
  • What drives plant growth and thus ecosystem productivity in the oceans
  • The role of the ocean in shaping and regulating our climate
  • How plate tectonics shape the ocean basins and influence current patterns
  • Consequences of climate change for ocean processes and marine biota
  • How fishing and other human pressures affect ocean systems
  • How seafood is likely to be an important food source in the future
  • How we monitor and manage marine ecosystems
Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Oceanographer or other marine scientist
  • Fisheries scientist or other marine biologist
  • Ecotourism
  • Public policy
  • Marine manager



Taught by

Professor Craig Johnson and Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas


4.8 rating, based on 17 Class Central reviews

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    Titus Lau
    I am Titus Lau from Papua New Guinea, I am elite birth in Marine Resources in my village and I am quite interested to take up this course due to my financial constrain I have chosen to find free education on line to help me to study and understand the model and concept of Marine and Antarctic Science with your institution.

    Also I have wide experience in working with National Fisheries in Papua New Guinea. Therefore I would like to study and take my certificate so I can help my peoples of Png with collective of accurate information and data ring.
  • Tiffany Kleinhans
    Because the course is self-paced, you can spend as little or as much time per week on it as you can spare, finishing it on your own schedule. I did it in two weeks. It is a good introduction to the topic, and also covers more than I might have expected from an intro-level course, meaning there is some challenge and depth involved as well. Because it's self-paced, the level of interaction is a bit lower, since people go along as they please, but the flexibility really does make up for it, and the level of the instruction is truly top-notch and highly engaging.
  • Definitely a great course! The difficulty is moderate and if you want to know more about the oceans and its habitat, you would find this course very interesting. I learn many things in this course and as an wildlife scientist I actually became tempted to change of career. Marine and Antarctic Science's course is very recommended!
  • Titus Lau
    I am interested in taking this course online therefore am expressing my keen interest in writing into this career into this program. Should you offer me I will work so very hard to complete this course on instant time you required.
  • Anonymous
    Highly recommended.

    Gearing up with some knowledge as I am starting my undergraduate next year. So far, so good. Interesting and engaging structure. I wouldn't say that it's largely in-depth but that it is to be expected. The questions are easy provided you've been listening. I've really enjoyed it so far.

  • Anonymous
    This course is perfect for those wanting to test the waters in Marine Biology before investing in a degree. I personally loved the experience. Although the certificate is not accredited, it is a nice achievement.
  • Keith Okan
    Excellent course! The professors were unpretentious and engaging. There was a good flow to the material. I thought that the assessments were just right. I learned more than I expected.
  • Suzan Hann
    Very interesting, would recommend to others if you want to learn more about the oceans and how climate change is harming the oceans and it's habitat.
  • Fabienne
    Excellent course, extremely interesting, much denser than I expected. Great teachers, excellent pedagogy, thank you very, I learned a lot.
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