BZ5210 - Rainforest Ecology in the Amazon
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||College of Science and Engineering
Learn about the ecology of tropical ecosystems in one of the highest biodiversity
hotspots in the world: where the Amazon rainforest meets the Andes mountain of Ecuador.
Tropical ecosystems contain most of the world's biodiversity and face severe threats
to their existence due to anthropogenic climate change and habitat loss. This subject
will examine the general ecology of rainforests including understanding the drivers
of species ecology, distributions, community structure and why the rainforests of
the Andes and the Amazon basin is one of the highest biodiversity places on the planet.
Field studies will be used to illustrate the ecological theory within the course and
to give an appreciation and understanding of the processes that maintain the functioning
of tropical ecosystems. Protecting and managing tropical ecosystems has never been
more important and globally relevant and will only be possible by increasing the knowledge
and capacity of future generations of environmental scientists. This subject will
provide students with the ecological knowledge and capacity to contribute to future
environmental science, management and policy of tropical ecosystems.
There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.
- assess, critique and evaluate ecological theory about tropical ecosystems;
- compare a variety of techniques in field ecology relevant to studying tropical rainforests;
- apply ecological theory and concepts to global problems facing tropical conservation
management and policy;
- synthesise and analyse information to increase their knowledge of ecological concepts.
- assessment to be confirmed (50%)
- assignments (50%).
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