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BZ3755 - Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impact, Mitigation and Adaptation

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
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


Cairns, Study Period 7, Block
Census Date 05-Jul-2012
Face to face teaching 02-Jul-2012 to 13-Jul-2012
Coordinator: Professor Stephen Williams
Lecturers: Professor Stephen Williams, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Professor Susan Laurance, <Person not found>, Professor Morgan Pratchett, Professor Andrew Krockenberger.
Workload expectations:
  • 20 hours lectures
  • 18 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 24 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); assignments (30%).

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.