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EV5961 - Ecosystem Dynamics - Ridge to Reef

[Offered in 2019 only]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Ecosystem Dynamics will focus on developing the integrated whole-of-catchment understanding that is integral to Ridge to Reef management. Ecosystem Dynamics relates to interlinked networks of interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environment that facilitate the proper functioning of ecosystems. Thus gaining a clear understanding of Ecosystems Dynamics is pivotal to successful Ridge to Reef management. The Ecosystem Dynamics unit will develop an authoritative understanding of the ecology of the key components of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, including forests, rivers, mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs. In addition, it will develop an understanding of the connectivity and interactions between these ecosystems, and the functioning of the key ecosystem-supporting processes. The unit will draw on understanding specific to the Pacific Islands as well as advances in understanding from across the tropical world. Although the unit will be broadly applicable across Pacific Island Countries (PICs), differences in ecosystem dynamics between different PICs, and how the consequences of these differences play out, will be illustrated using examples from particular PICs.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the biology and ecology of the key components of tropical terrestrial, coastal and marine environments;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the connections and interactions between these environments, and their roles in supporting healthy functioning ecosystems;
  • demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply the ecosystem dynamics understanding developed during the subject to real world situations.


Townsville, Limited, Study Period 4
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Face to face teaching (face to face attendance is required as advised by the coordinator.)
Lecturer: Dr Janine Sheaves.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 65 hours
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: (60%); assignments (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.