MB3260 - Ecological Dynamics: An Introduction to Modelling
|Student Contribution Band:
||School of Marine & Tropical Biology (pre 2015)
This subject provides an introduction to the formulation, analysis, application, and
critical evaluation of ecological models, with a focus on marine applications. Lectures
examine how models connect particular ideas about how ecological systems work to fundamental
concepts in ecological theory, and on critically evaluating how analyses of model
ecological systems can inform our understanding of real ecological systems. Practicals
emphasize applying ecological models to solve problems in biodiversity conservation
and management. Topics covered include population dynamics and extinction risk; ecological
stability and resilience; fisheries modelling; dispersal connectivity and marine reserves;
species interactions; biodiversity; and trophic dynamics. This subject is appropriate
for empirically-oriented students seeking a better understanding of the relevance
of ecological modelling for their field and laboratory research, as well as for students
interested in Honours or postgraduate work in ecological modelling.
- To formulate ecological models, by integrating information about ecological processes
that occur on multiple scales, focusing on marine systems;
- To analyse ecological models, in order to determine how fundamental concepts in ecological
theory arise from particular sets of assumptions about how ecological systems work;
- To judge the robustness of ecological concepts to the simplifying assumptions from
which they have been derived;
- To critically evaluate how the formulation and analysis of model ecological systems
informs our understanding of real ecological systems in nature;
- To apply the techniques of ecological modelling to solve core problems in conservation
and management, particularly for marine systems.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have some university-level coursework in
ecology (MB2060 or BZ2440 or equivalent). Some university-level mathematics (MA1020
or MA1000 or equivalent) is recommended, but not essential.
|MB5260 AND MB3269
Study Period 2
|Census Date 28-Aug-2014
||Professor Sean Connolly.
- 26 hours lectures
- 8 hours tutorials
- 24 hours practicals
||end of semester exam (55%); quizzes or tests (25%); assignments (20%).
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