University of Technology Sydney

91309 Biodiversity Conservation

6cp; 1.5hpw (lecture), 3hpw (practical)
Requisite(s): 91154 Ecology AND 91110 Experimental Design and Sampling
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The extinction of species throughout the world as a result of human activities is driving rapid declines in biodiversity. Such declines have detrimental impacts on ecosystem functioning and the provision of goods and services essential for human welfare. The aim of this subject is for students to learn about the application of evidence-based, ecological science to ensure successful conservation of native biodiversity. Topics covered to achieve this aim include: understanding spatial and temporal patterns in biodiversity and species extinction and the roles of key threatening processes; the critical role of biological systematics for effective conservation; the arsenal of approaches that can be implemented for effective biodiversity conservation; and the intimate links between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and services. The subject has a distinct focus on Australia's terrestrial plants and animals, describing their evolution and biogeography, as well as the long history of interactions between wildfire dynamics and biodiversity. In the subject's practical classes, students actively engage in project design and fieldwork as part of a team. Fieldwork projects explore the importance of species interactions for biodiversity conservation, in particular plant-pollinator dynamics, and develop field survey skills through the use of plant and insect identification skills learned in laboratory classes. Students employ sophisticated techniques to analyse their field-collected data. All of these practical skills are crucial for many career paths in environmental sciences.

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Autumn session, City campus

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