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BZ5755 - Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impact, Mitigation and Adaptation

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Marine & Environmental Sciences

Available to postgraduate students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Master of Applied Science, Graduate Certificate of Research Methods, Postgraduate Diploma of Research Methods, Master of Development Practice, Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, Master of Science and Master of Development Practice.

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.

Learning Outcomes

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


Cairns, Block, Study Period 7
Census Date 09-Jul-2015
Face to face teaching 06-Jul-2015 to 17-Jul-2015
Coordinator: Professor Stephen Williams
Lecturers: Professor Stephen Williams, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Assoc. Professor Susan Laurance, Professor Morgan Pratchett.
Workload expectations:
  • 20 hours lectures
  • 18 hours practicals
  • 24 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); assignments (30%).
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.