- Code ENVS6024
- 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, Environmental Science , Resource and Environmental Management
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: (1) 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.
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 across a wide range of different settings.
- Develop appropriate policy options for conserving biodiversity in different settings.
- Develop innovative strategies for conserving biodiversity.
- 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).
- Practical exercises (30%) [LO 1-6]
- Research report based on field data or literature review (30%) [LO 2-6]
- Reflective blog (10%) [LO 1-6]
- Facilitated tutorial (10%) [LO 2-6]
- Exam (20%) [LO 1-4]
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contact hours comprising, lectures, workshops and tutorials. There is an
optional 3-day field trip.
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