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91309 Biodiversity Conservation

6cp; 1.5hpw (lecture), 3hpw (practical)
Requisite(s): 91154 Ecology AND 91110 Experimental Design and Sampling
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.


Biodiversity is under continued threat of decline and extinction in Australia and throughout the world. Yet, biodiversity is important not just in its own right but because it provides critical goods and services essential for human welfare. This subject examines spatial and temporal patterns in biodiversity and extinction, the threats to biodiversity, and the intimate links between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and services. Students learn how linking ecological knowledge to management activities can lead to successful conservation of native biodiversity and the maintenance of ecosystem functioning. The subject focuses on the evolution and biogeography of Australia's terrestrial plants and animals and stresses the importance of biological systematics (e.g. taxonomy and classification) for effective conservation. In the subject's practicals, students actively engage in project design and fieldwork as part of a team to utilise plant and invertebrate identification skills learned in laboratory classes and to develop their field survey skills. Students implement sophisticated techniques to analyse their field-collected data for complex interaction patterns between plants and their pollinators. Such practical skills are crucial for many career paths in environmental sciences.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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