- Code BIOL3206
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Marcel Cardillo
- Prof Lindell Bromham
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
Second Semester 2015
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This course deals with macroevolution, macroecology and biogeography – patterns of biodiversity at large spatial and temporal scales, and the processes that have generated these patterns. Surprisingly, there are many fundamental questions about biodiversity that remain poorly answered. For example, why are there so many species in the tropics? Did the extinction of dinosaurs pave the way for the rise of mammals? What causes one species to diverge into two? Equally surprisingly to many people, it is possible to test “big-picture” questions like these using a set of basic logical principles and analytical tools, and an ever-expanding database of molecular, geographic and ecological information on the world’s species. The aim of this course is not to present you with facts to memorize, but to equip you with the skills to ask interesting questions about biodiversity, and develop creative and elegant ways to answer them. The course is primarily lecture-based, but two computer workshops give you the chance to learn and apply some of the key analytical tools used in large-scale biodiversity analysis.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Analyze and interpret biodiversity patterns using specialist computer software and widely-used analytical methods.
2. Critically evaluate topics in biodiversity by searching, assessing and synthesizing relevant literature.
3. Recognize the features of a statistically rigorous and effective test of a question or hypothesis in biodiversity.
4. Formulate explanations of observed patterns of biodiversity and species distributions in terms of key ecological and evolutionary processes.
1. Three in-class tests on lecture components of course: 20% each (LO 3,4)
2. Two computer workshops with accompanying worksheet or report: 10% each (LO 1,3,4)
3. Essay that reviews and critiques a classic idea or hypothesis in biodiversity: 20% (LO 2)
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Three lectures per week and a total of three two-hour tutorial classes per semester.
Requisite and Incompatibility
BIOL1009 is recommended
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2489||20 Jul 2015||07 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2015||30 Oct 2015||In Person||N/A|