JCU’s programs in tropical marine ecology and fisheries biology are dedicated to the study of tropical, shallow water marine systems. There is an emphasis on whole- organism biology, the ecology and biogeography of tropical marine organisms, and the evolutionary mechanisms that underlie their diversity. Proximity to the Great Barrier Reef provides unparalleled opportunities for investigating ecological and evolutionary questions for reef fish, corals, and other marine organisms.
Students will develop their knowledge and skills in quantitative marine ecology, conservation biology and the biology, life history and taxonomy of tropical marine organisms. Preliminary coursework subjects consist of semester-long offerings. More advanced subjects are offered by block mode, which is a 2-week intensive session on campus.
The courses are flexible with a range of electives available. Students devise a study program to meet their professional goals, in consultation with the Course Coordinator. Research components may be included in the Master of Applied Science, if approved.