BZ3220 - Population and Community Ecology
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Animals and plants live in populations. Groups of populations inhabiting the same
area make up biological communities. Processes operating at these levels control the
biodiversity of habitats and regions. This subject presents the conceptual framework
needed to understand these processes and illustrates that framework using examples
drawn from many systems including tropical rainforests, which are among the most complex
and diverse ecological systems in existence. Topics presented include population growth,
species interactions, community patterns and dynamics, food webs and the effects of
disturbance and scaling on diversity. In addition to an increased understanding of
concepts, students gain hands-on experience in tropical research.
There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.
- gain an ability to critically evaluate original research;
- understand how communities can be defined and measured and how processes act at the
- understand the composition and structure of rainforest communities and how they are
affected by basic processes;
- understand modern concepts of population processes and species interactions and their
relation to the structure and function of biological communities.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of ecology at
level 2 and biological statistics, and should have completed BS2460 and SC2202 or
SC2209 or equivalents.
||(SC2202 OR SC2209 OR BS2001 OR BZ2001 OR AG2001) AND (BS2460 OR MB2060 OR 3CP of Level
|BZ3230 BZ5220 BZ5230 ZL3042 ZL5042
Study Period 2
|Census Date 29-Aug-2019
||Professor Stephen Williams
||Professor Stephen Williams, Dr Conrad Hoskin, Dr Ben Hirsch.
- 26 hours lectures
- 9 hours tutorials
||end of semester exam (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (15%); essays (20%); field note book (15%).
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