BZ5755 - Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impact, Mitigation and Adaptation
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Available to postgraduate students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Science,
Graduate Diploma of Science, Master of Applied Science, Graduate Certificate of Research
Methods, Postgraduate Diploma of Research Methods, Master of Development Practice,
Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice,
Master of Science and Master of Development Practice.
Climate change is now considered to be the most significant threat to global biodiversity
and represents a significant challenge to conservation biologists. This subject will
provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the implications of a changing
climate to the processes determining patterns of biodiversity and the healthy functioning
of natural ecosystems. It will cover all aspects of global change biology and present
the latest research on the consequences of climate change to biodiversity pattern
and process including documented impacts, predicting future impacts, possible methods
of mitigation and the potential for adaptation (both natural and assisted). Factors
that underpin the vulnerability of species and ecosystems will be considered along
with an exploration of how this understanding may help conservation managers minimize
biodiversity loss and the subsequent degradation of natural ecosystems.
- improved knowledge of methods for understanding patterns of biodiversity and predicting,
vulnerability to climate change;
- conservation planning in a changing climate;
- an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the impacts of global climate change on
the natural environment;
- improved skills in analysing data on climate change in the natural environment.
|This subject will target students with a general knowledge in biology and/or ecology.
However an in-depth knowledge in these areas will be not be essential.
Study Period 7
|Census Date 05-Jul-2018
|Face to face teaching
18-Jun-2018 to 29-Jun-2018
||Professor Stephen Williams
||Professor Stephen Williams, Professor Morgan Pratchett, Assoc. Professor Susan Laurance.
- 21 hours lectures
- 11 hours tutorials
- 3 hours - Tests
||end of semester exam (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); assignments (30%).
An enrolment quota applies to this offering.
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