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BZ3755 - Climate Change and Biodiversity

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

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.

There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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;
  • improved knowledge of methods for understanding patterns of biodiversity and predicting, vulnerability to climate change;
  • conservation planning in a changing climate.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (30%) - Group
  • Participation > Class participation - (20%) - Individual.
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.
Prerequisites: 18 credit points of level 1 and level 2 AQ BZ EV or MB subjects


Townsville, Study Period 7, Intensive
Census Date 07-Jul-2022
Face to face teaching 05-Jul-2022 to 15-Jul-2022
Coord/Lect: Professor Stephen Williams.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 21 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 11 hours workshops
  • 3 hours - Tests
  • 24 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.