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BZ2480 - Restoration Ecology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology (pre 2015)

This subject will focus on developing student appreciation and understanding for one of the most important processes involved in ecology: the restoration of degraded landscapes. Habitat loss is one of the main drivers of species extinction facing much of the tropical world (and, indeed, other areas). Alleviating the potential impact of habitat loss requires restoring previously degraded natural systems and re-instating ecological processes. This subject will introduce students to this problem and focus on its solution. The subject will have a primarily plant-based focus (the basis of all habitat restoration programmes) and will introduce students to fundamental biological and functional attributes of plants and how these can be used in restoration. The subject will address the theoretical basis of restoration, its practical application and the ecological techniques (and evidence) for how wildlife populations (both plant and animal) change in response to restoration efforts.

There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an appreciation for scope of plant (and animal) taxonomy and biologically important functional traits and how these influence and define performance, growth and survivorship in wild populations;
  • Develop understanding of general theory of restoration ecology for wildlife and how ecological theory can be used in reducing/reversing impacts of habitat loss;
  • Gain experience in the implementation of restoration activities, monitoring and ecological survey techniques used to study natural field populations.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of level 1 biology or environmental science, including at least one BZ or EV subject.
Prerequisites: 3 CREDIT POINTS OF BZ OR EV LEVEL 1 SUBJECTS
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
BZ5480

Availabilities

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Dr Sandra Abell.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 18 hours practicals
  • 16 hours fieldwork
Assessment: assignments (60%); centrally-administered final exam (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.