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BIOL3010: Tropical Wildlife Biology

Australia has a unique terrestrial vertebrate fauna, but also has the worst record of recent mammalian extinctions. Because of Australias unusual climate, landforms, and the rarity of many species, the management of our native wildlife presents special challenges for biologists, conservationists and land managers. This unit of study addresses the biogeography, ecology and management of Australias terrestrial fauna. The subject comprises of a five-day field course at Mary River Park in the Northern Territory. During the course, students will learn how to carry out wildlife surveys, how to identify animals, how to track wildlife, and how to design and complete a field experiment. The field trip will be complemented by guest lectures from experts in the fields of evolution, ecology and wildlife management. A one day field trip to Litchfield National Park will be held on the last day of the field course.

Code BIOL3010
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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12 credit points of BIOL2XXX or [6 credit points of BIOL2XXX and 6 credit points of(AVBS2XXX or ENVX2001 or MBLG2X72)]
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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BIOL3910 or BIOL2010 or BIOL2910

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

  • LO1. appreciate evolution and biogeography of the Australian fauna
  • LO2. use field guides and dichotomous keys in the identification of animals
  • LO3. apply field skills such as trapping, in the study of animals
  • LO4. develop field experiments to understand animal biology
  • LO5. appreciate issues in the management of the Australian fauna
  • LO6. understand the role Aboriginal people play in managing the Australian landscape and fauna
  • LO7. develop written and oral communication skills to disseminate knowledge relating to animal biology

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.