|Teacher/Coordinator: Dr C Taylor|
Classes: 2x1 hr lectures/week, 1x2 hr practical/week, 1x2 day field trip during the semester.
Assessment: 1x2 hr exam, 1 field report, 1 review paper, a group presentation (100%)
|This topic examines the role of conservation biology and applied ecology in environmental science, examining pattern and process in natural systems and evaluating how these are being affected by pervasive anthropogenic impacts. Focusing on the conservation, assessment of impacts and the restoration of natural systems, we consider the range of ecological issues environmental scientists must address. We examine the extent of environmental problems; derive explanations of why and how they are occurring and address management options for resolving them. A key component of the unit is the opportunity to work in the field on relevant applied ecology and conservation issues. The aim of this unit is for you to understand the processes that go into solving environmental problems from an ecological perspective and how to identify management options.|