BZ3235 - Biological Invasions
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Invasive species pose a significant threat to the maintenance of ecosystem services
and the conservation of native species. Australian local, state, and federal governments
collectively spend billions of dollars annually to prevent the establishment of new
invaders and mitigate damage from those that have established. This subject provides
an overview of the biology and ecology of invasive species, with a focus on plant,
animal, and microbial invaders in tropical ecosystems. The subject will cover characteristics
of invasive species and processes involved in their introduction, establishment, and
spread. The subject will also emphasize ecological effects of invaders and the challenges
of invasive species management and control with historical and contemporary examples.
- to develop an understanding of the diversity of life histories, habitats and biology
among plants and animals and how they influence species invasions;
- to understand the theory behind biological invasions and biotic resistance;
- to appreciate the scientific and practical considerations necessary in the design
of management programs for invasive species;
- to participate in scientific and policy discussions and debates;
- to critically assess scientific literature.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of biological
diversity (BZ1006 or BS1007 or equivalent).
||BZ1006 OR BS1007 OR BZ1007 OR BZ1004 OR BZ1003 OR AG1007
Study Period 1
|Census Date 28-Mar-2019
||Assoc. Professor Lori Lach.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 26 hours on-campus > Lectures
- 39 hours on-campus > Tutorials - tutorials/practicals/potential field work
- assessment and self-directed study
||end of semester exam (30%); assignments (70%).
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