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BZ5210 - Rainforest Ecology in the Amazon

[Not offered in 2020]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Subject Assessment

  • assessment to be confirmed - (50%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (50%).

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.