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ENVI5904: Methods in Applied Ecology

Applied ecologists and managers need a good understanding of quantitative methods for assessing environmental impacts and the effectiveness of management and conservation strategies particularly where background variation (error) is inherently high. This unit is for those without a quantitative ecology background. It will introduce you to quantitative methods in the context of three ecological topics that are globally relevant: (1) Impact assessment where the perturbation is unreplicated, (2) Food security in marine ecosystems, and (3) Conservation and restoration in terrestrial ecosystems. The main question we address is how do we test whether any management action has been effective? Describing and understanding uncertainty will be explained in the context of precautionary principles. Issues about measuring biodiversity and the spatial and temporal problems of ecological systems will be introduced.

Code ENVI5904
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. be aware of needs for, and nature of, quantitative environmental measures
  • LO2. have experience with translating vague environmental concepts in to testable hypotheses
  • LO3. have experienced practical problems and realities about dealing with uncertainty in the major areas of environmental management.