|Student Contribution Band:||Band 4|
|Administered by:||School of Marine & Tropical Biology|
This subject examines classical and contemporary issues in ecology at the population, community, and ecosystem levels, with a focus on marine systems. Emphasis is on relating findings from small-scale field and laboratory studies to the larger spatial and temporal scales relevant to major research priorities in ecology, conservation, and management. Ecological models are central to this endeavor and are the principal focus in lectures and practicals. Topics covered include population dynamics and extinction risk; dispersal and connectivity; species interactions (e.g., competition, predator-prey dynamics); biodiversity; and ecological resilience. Practicals focus on the use of computer software as a tool to understand ecological models and the modelling process. This subject is appropriate for field-oriented students interested in ecological dynamics at the population and ecosystem levels, as well as for students interest specifically in Honours and postgraduate work in ecological modelling.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have some university-level background in ecology (MB2060 or BZ2440 or equivalent). Some university-level mathematics (MA1020 or MA1000 or equivalent) is recommended, but not essential.|
|Prerequisites:||MA1020 OR MA1000) AND (MB2060 OR BZ2440)|
|MB5260 AND MB3269|
|Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal|
|Census Date 26-Aug-2010|
|Coord/Lect:||Professor Sean Connolly.|
|Assessment:||end of semester exam (45% - 50%); quizzes or tests (20% - 25%); assignments (30%).|
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