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Tropical Marine Biology

The course provides an introduction to the ecology of the tropical landscape, including catchment areas and human influence.

The course covers the tropical marine landscape and the interaction between different ecosystems such as the mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass beds, run-off area and the open ocean. These ecosystems are analyzed with overarching topics such as ecotourism, resilience, climate change impacts etc. Emphasize is put on
interactions between different ecosystems, what goods and services are produced and how people affect their natural support system. The teaching is based on the internet, and all course material will be available through a website.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The education consists of internet-based tutorials based on the course homepage, discussion groups on the course online forum and written home examination. Participation in group discussions and independent work as well as group education associated with this is compulsory.

    Learning outcomes

    A list of the learning outcomes can be found in the syllabus. Please find the link to the syllabus on the right side of this page.


    Examination for the course takes place through written examination (home examination).


    Johan Eklöf


    Tel: +46 8 16 1358

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    We have prepared a written compendium, which you will read and use to answer the study questions. To help you write the essays, you will yourself identify and read scientific articles. We also advise you to acquire a good book on scientific writing, for example “The Scientists Guide to Writing” by Stephen B Heard (Princeton University Press, 2016). This is free to download for SU students:

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor at bachelor's level