- Code ENVS3039
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science
Conserving biodiversity in the face of pressures such as land clearing, pest plants and animals and climate change is a challenge facing land managers and policy-makers globally. In this course we explore options for conserving biodiversity. We draw on land managers from different organisations to contribute to the course and prepare students for future employment in this field.
Specifically we investigate:
• Key threats to biodiversity, including habitat modification and loss, unsustainable resource use, introduced species and climate change.
• Management actions that are used to mitigate threats to biodiversity, including selecting nature reserves, connectivity and wildlife corridors, ecosystem restoration and control of pest plants and animals.
• Policies to conserve biodiversity including financial incentives, market-based instruments (e.g. biodiversity offsetting), ecological triage and adaptive management.
There is an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. That is, relating relevant concepts and techniques to real-world situations through: (a) the involvement of working professionals; (2) a series of field-based workshops; and (3) an optional field trip to Booderee National Park on the south coast of New South Wales, where we survey fauna as part of a long-term monitoring program and hear from traditional land managers.
Honours Pathway Option
There is no formal Honours Pathway Option for this course, but prospective Honours students are encouraged to discuss Honours options with the course convenor.
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:
- Articulate why society strives to conserve biodiversity.
- Identify key threats to biodiversity.
- Evaluate which management options are likely to be effective for conserving biodiversity in different settings.
- Develop appropriate policy options for conserving biodiversity in different settings.
- Communicate informed critique or analysis of biodiversity conservation policy and practice across a range of mediums.
Other InformationThere are additional field trip fees of approximately $170 applicable to participation in this course (payment to ANU Science Shop).
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- Practical exercises (30%) [LO 1-5]
- Research report based on field data or literature review (30%) [LO 2-5]
- Work experience and reflective blog (20%) [LO 1-5]
- Exam (20%) [LO 1-,5]
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60 contact hours comprising, lectures, practicals and field work.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThere is no specific text for the course. Reading will be provided.
Assumed KnowledgePrevious completion of ENVS2001 Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology is recommended.
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- 6 units
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