With multiple pressures on earth's biodiversity, the field of Wildlife Conservation is increasing in importance, empowering decision makers to understand and protect wildlife and the ecosystems which support them. This unit of study explores the techniques and methods for undertaking conservation research, including population genetics and forensic analysis of eDNA, the complexity introduced when considering multiple stakeholders, and the use of the scientific method to inform wildlife conservation issues. You will investigate biodiversity surveys, species identification, forensics, phylogeography, population genetics and genetic management applied to wildlife conservation, and the socio-political and cultural issues which influence stakeholders. You will analyse current issues within wildlife conservation and articulate and acknowledge a variety of stakeholder views including Indigenous Australian perspectives, both orally and in written form. You will understand the processes involved in formulating an evidence-based management approach to contentious wildlife conservation issues, and how the scientific method can be leveraged to build a compelling conservation management plan.
a mixture of lectures, practicals and tutorials for up to 6 hours per week, plus up to 2 days on field activities
participation in tutorials and practicals - quiz and presentation (25%), group project - written report and oral presentation (20%), written assignment (15%), final exam (40%)
12 credit points from (AVBS2XXX or BIOL2XXX or GEGE2X01 or QBIO2XXX)Prohibitions
AVBS3003 or AVBS4003