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BZ3212 - Tropical Wetlands Ecology and Management

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

There is an enrolment quota on this subject. If this quota has been met and you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email trc@jcu.edu.au

This subject will be based largely on field work and associated lectures and practicals, to be run in the July vacation, with assignment work to be completed subsequently. Field work will make full use of the magnificent wetlands within close proximity of Townsville, which demonstrate most aspects of ecology, disturbance and management problems to be found in tropical wetlands.Topics to be covered include: dynamics of large river, estuarine and floodplain systems; physico-chemical and ecological processes in permanent and intermittent lowland freshwater and saline lakes, swamps and mangroves; biodiversity of wetlands (plants, invertebrates, fish, birds, etc.); management requirements and methods for tropical wetlands, including integration of wetlands in agricultural, industrial and urban areas; use of artificial wetlands for treatment of waste waters.

Learning Outcomes

  • ability to apply ecological knowledge to appropriate management of natural and artificial wetlands, for ecological and amenity values, such as sustained biodiversity, high water quality and enhanced fish and bird populations;
  • gain experience in sampling and assessing water quality, plants and animals in tropical wetlands;
  • understand major ecological processes in tropical wetlands;
  • understand methods of identification of plants and animals;
  • understand the dynamics of tropical wetland systems and major factors affecting them.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of level 2 biology, including the following or their equivalents: at least two BT, BZ, MB or ZL subjects, level 1 chemistry, a good understanding of ecological principles (e.g. BZ2440)and BS 2001 or BZ2001 or equivalent.
Prerequisites: 6 credit points of level 2 BS, BT, BZ, MB or ZL subjects


Townsville, Study Period 7, Block
Census Date 07-Jul-2011
Face to face teaching 11-Jul-2011 to 22-Jul-2011
Coordinator: Dr Robert Congdon
Lecturers: Dr Robert Congdon, Mrs Andi Cairns, Empro Richard Pearson.
Workload expectations:
  • 16 hours lectures
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
  • 40 hours fieldwork
Assessment: assignments (30%); field reports 40% and take-home exam 30%; (70%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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.