Marine Megafauna: Sentinels of the Sea (2305ENV)

This course is restricted to students in one of the following degrees: Bachelor of Marine Science (1328), Bachelor of Science (1018, 1210, 1330) with major in Marine Biology, Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Conservation Biology (1315, 1007) with a minor in Marine Biology. Please note there are limited places, being admitted to one of these degrees does not guarantee a place in the course. Students intending to enrol must contact the Academic Support Officer via email. Marine Megafauna: Sentinels of the Sea, spans a spectrum from fundamental vertebrate biology and ecology, to scientific communication for conservation and management. Students will gain insight into how a species' unique biology/ecology may place it at elevated risk from human impacts, and how this sensitivity can be leveraged for effective ecosystem biomonitoring. Students will gain field experience associated with long-term monitoring of humpback whales, and species surveys of other marine megafauna. On the basis of their course experience, students will be challenged to develop conservation communication and action strategies. Assumed knowledge: a background understanding of vertebrate biology, trophic interactions and anthropogenic pressures on the marine environment.

Course study information

Credit points (awarded)

10 (10)

Study level


Student contribution band

Band 2

Usually available

Gold Coast Trimester 2

Course offerings and timetables


Key dates

Course start date
16 July 2018
Last day to add a course
29 July 2018
Last day to drop a course without financial penalty (Census date)
12 August 2018
Last day to drop a course without academic penalty
9 September 2018

Please view the full class and additional timetable information for School of Environment and Science

Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend this Lecture
Lecture (47190) Monday 09:00 - 11:50
16 July 2018 - 6 August 2018,
20 August 2018 - 1 October 2018
G01 3.55
Academic 1
Gold Coast Campus
Class Availability When Where Notes
You must enrol in this Field Studies
Field Studies (47191) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 08:00 - 17:50
13 August 2018 - 17 August 2018
Students are required to attend two full days of the week. Please be advised that these dates are weather dependent. If weather does not permit two full field days during the allocated period, a weekend slot will be sought.