- Code BIOL6178
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre and the Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Evolution and Ecology, Environmental Science , Biodiversity Conservation
See https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice. This course includes on campus/in person activities that cannot be adjusted for remote participants.
The media and scientific literature is full of information about the increasingly desperate plight of our native plants and animals. What you hear less about is the extraordinary efforts underway to reverse declines in biodiversity and how new scientific knowledge and tools are being applied to this end. That is the subject of this course, with a focus on recovering populations of threatened species and rebuilding functional ecological communities.
This course will introduce you to advanced concepts and tools for managing threatened species and ecosystems. Building on key concepts introduced in 2nd year courses, this course will provide you with an understanding of advanced concepts and tools, and the skills, to enable employment by conservation agencies/NGOs/consultants or to take further research in this area. It will focus on the interface between advances in science and practical management of threatened biodiversity with hands-on experience in ACT conservation reserves.
Note: This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply new concepts from ecological and evolutionary science to management for recovering threatened species and ecosystems
- Apply and evaluate new technologies to enhance management and monitoring of threatened species and ecosystems
- Identify practical problems through consultation with field managers and academic experts
- Develop skills in project design and data analysis
- Collaborate in group based presentation of project outcomes to stakeholders and academics
- Research and critically analyse relevant literature
Places are limited because this course includes field-based projects at?Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, that are dependent on the availability of appropriate staff. Please register your interest?online?. Applications will open in early November and close on January 10, 2022.?Please include a short paragraph of why you want to take this course, including your expectations and what you hope to gain from this course.?Entry will be based on your expression of interest and academic merit. Please note that most of this course occurs off-campus and includes fieldwork which may occur at night. Attendance is expected to at least 80% of workshop/labs to pass the course (transport to the site will be provided as required, and allowances associated with any night-fieldwork will be made as required).
- Group presentation of outcomes and peer-review of contribution (10) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Mid-term examination (40) [LO 1,2]
- 4 x Summaries of papers assigned for workshops (2.5% each) (10) [LO 1,2,4]
- Written report on research project, including management relevance (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,6]
- Critical literature review on relevant topic (20) [LO 1,2,4,5,6]
- It is a course requirement that students attend 80% of workshops and labs to attain a final grade (0) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 8 x 4 hour lectures/workshops throughout the semester.
- 1/2 day Field trip in the 1st half of the semester, plus 36 hrs of field/on campus group-based projects in the 2nd half of the semester.
- Approximately 60 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre or Fenner School of Environment and Society to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Students will be assigned published papers or reviews as background to core topics and expected to discuss these in the workshops
Basic grounding in principles of genetics and ecology.
In relation to field-based projects, students will be actively mentored by staff from RSB and Fenner for the Mulligans Flat research component. Students will be supervised on-ground by staff from the Mulligans Flat fauna survey teams as appropriate.
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