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BZ5212 - Tropical Wetlands Ecology and Management

[Not offered in 2012]

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

Available to postgraduate students enrolled in the GradCertSc, GradDipSc, GradDipResMeth and MAppSc or BSc(Advanced). 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

Field work and associated lectures and practicals to be conducted 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, demonstrating most aspects of ecology, disturbance and management problems to be found in tropical wetlands. Topics to be covered include the 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 and use of artificial wetlands for treatment of waste waters.

Learning Outcomes

  • experience in sampling and assessing water quality, plants and animals in tropical wetlands;
  • understanding of major ecological processes in tropical wetlands;
  • understanding of methods of identification of plants and animals;
  • understanding of the dynamics of tropical wetland systems and major factors affecting them;
  • the 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.
Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. biology or environmental science) or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other study. They should have a good understanding of chemistry, quantitative methods in biology (BS5001 or equivalent), and of ecological principles (BZ5440 or equivalent).

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.