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University of Queensland Free Online Course on Tropical Coastal Ecosystems

The University of Queensland is offering free online course on Tropical Coastal Ecosystems. Students will go on to explore the challenges these ecosystems are facing such as overfishing, coastal pollution, ocean warming and acidification, then learn about some techniques being used to tackle these problems. Lectures will be delivered by leading experts.

In this nine-week course, applicants will take the challenge and understand problems and solutions to managing tropical coastal ecosystems.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 9 weeks
Effort: 4-5 hours pw
Subject: Biology & Life Sciences
Institution: University of Queensland and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: Self-Paced

Providers’ Details

The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, is one of the world’s premier teaching and research institutions. Striving for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge UQ ranks in the top 50 Universities as measured by the QS World University Rankings.

About This Course

Do you want to develop the skills and knowledge needed to help preserve tropical coastal ecosystems? These habitats provide goods and services for hundreds of millions of people but human activities have led to their global decline.

Why Take This Course?

The course concludes with an innovative virtual ecology project, where you will have the option to take part in a citizen science project. Join us on an exciting journey, as you develop new knowledge and skills, during this beautiful and engaging course!

Learning Outcomes

  • A basic understanding of the value, vulnerability, dynamics and sustainable management of tropical coastal ecosystems
  • Basic experimental design skills plus some simple analytical and statistical techniques
  • An understanding and appreciation of the local and global threats to tropical coastal ecosystems
  • An understanding and practical use of spatial planning tools
  • The process of designing and implementing an experiment in a virtual ecology project


Chris Roelfsema

Stuart Phinn

Hugh Possingham

Pete Mumby

Cath Lovelock

Sophie Dove

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Director of the Global Change Institute (GCI) and Professor of Marine Science

University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia


High school science recommended

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