BZ2008 - Adaptation to Environmental Change
|Student Contribution Band:
||School of Marine & Tropical Biology (pre 2015)
Organisms have evolved an astonishing diversity of form and function over the long
evolution of Life. Nowhere is such diversity most on display than in the tropics.
Yet, due to various biological and mechanical constraints, not all conceivable possibilities
of organism form are physically possible. In this subject, our theme is to explore
and understand the fundamental constraints imposed by the environments that Life inhabits
as well as how key processes within plants and animals themselves have shaped the
evolution of the modern biosphere. We will look at rise and diversification of key
plant/animal adaptations in conjunction with their functions in Life's two key media:
air and water.
- understand the roles of fundamental plant and animal structures and physiological
processes in relation to function as well as appreciate the diversity of these interactions;
- understand how the ways organisms function shapes how our world works;
- understand the roles of plants and animals as forces of nature in relation to global
climate change processes.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good background in level 1 science
subjects including organismal biology (BZ1007), chemistry (CH1001), and an ability
to conduct simple statistical analyses in practical reports.
||(ZL1001 OR AG1004 OR BZ1004 OR BZ1006 OR BZ1007 OR BZ1003)
|BZ2808 BZ5008 BZ5808 ZL2008 ZL5008
Study Period 2
|Census Date 28-Aug-2014
||Dr Taylor Feild
||Assoc. Professor Mia Hoogenboom, Dr Taylor Feild.
- 26 hours lectures
- 8 hours practicals - 4 x 2 hour pracs
||other exams (25%); practical reports (50%); take home exam (25%).
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and in case
of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest