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BIOL2024: Ecology and Conservation

This unit of study examines the ecological principles driving the major ecosystems of the world and ecological processes behind the world's major conservation issues. It aims to develop in students the core foundations for an understanding of Ecology and its application in conservation. Lectures will focus on the ecology of the major terrestrial and marine biomes of the world. Application of ecological theory and methods to practical conservation problems will be integrated throughout the unit of study. Practical sessions will provide hands-on experience in ecological sampling and data handling to understand the ecology of marine and terrestrial environments, as well as ecological simulations to understand processes. This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study.

Code BIOL2024
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the characteristics of the major biomes of the world for terrestrial and marine systems
  • LO2. understand the fundamental principles driving ecological processes for individual populations though to ecosystems
  • LO3. understand the major conservation threats to biodiversity in Australia and the world
  • LO4. understand the philosophical differences between ecology and conservation
  • LO5. appreciate the inherent complexity in natural systems and in conservation issues
  • LO6. appreciate the importance of ecology to conservation management
  • LO7. appreciate the importance of rigorous, evidence-based solutions for conservation management
  • LO8. identify the ecology of the major terrestrial and marine biomes of the world
  • LO9. pose ecological questions and design appropriate ecological field sampling regimes
  • LO10. critique ecological literature and assess evidence for conservation issues
  • LO11. present and analyse ecological data to test hypotheses