This module will cover all aspects of reproduction in marine organisms.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Analyse histological slides of reproductive organs and early life stages.
- Formulate life-history hypotheses from experimental reproductive studies and histological analyses.
- Describe factors that trigger spawning in marine organisms and compare spawning behaviour between different taxa.
- Describe early development of different marine organisms and how it is affected by environmental factors.
The lectures will include reproductive morphology and histology, oogenesis and spermatogenesis, fertilization kinetics, biodiversity in larval forms and detailed analysis of embryonic and larval development in specific taxa of marine organisms, both vertebrate and invertebrate. Also studied will be larval physiology and larval behaviours and how reproduction and early life stage ecology is affected by the environment and the potential for adaptation.
There will be four 3-hour practicals, which are connected and build upon each other. The first will look into triggers of spawning and spawning behaviour, the second into early development after fertilization, the third into histological methods and the fourth into data analysis.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and practicals will introduce the theory underlying all aspects of reproduction. Each lecture systematically covers the main concepts and topics using PowerPoint presentations. Where relevant, lecturer's own research experience in the appropriate fields is brought into the lecturing sessions. References to the applicable chapter of course text and/or other relevant journal articles are provided as essential reading for each lecture.
Practical sessions: exemplify the theory covered during formal lectures allowing you to develop particular skills of relevance to all aspects of reproductive biology and a range of related experimental techniques in the lab.
A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Blackboard. The lecture material is summarised at blackboard.soton.ac.uk. Instructions for accessing this material will be given during the course.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Practical Report
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External