Courses & Units

Forest Ecosystems KGA333


Students from campuses other than Launceston may enrol in this unit provided they attend the three compulsory field days and the first and third practical workshops in northern Tasmania and access the lecture content via Web Support. This unit alternates with KGA334 and is next planned for offer in 2014.


Have you ever wondered how our native forests function and why they are where they are? Would you like to know why our forests are so important in terms of biodiversity and carbon capture? This unit answers these and many other fascinating questions as it introduces and explores the ecology and evolutionary history of Tasmania's native forests in relation to the present distribution of vegetation. Principles of forest ecology and processes which sustain plant and animal interactions within forest environments are discussed. Practical implications for forest and reserve management are presented through comparative sampling and analysis of forest environments, species diversity and biological productivity in selected native forests and plantations. Ecosystem processes which contribute to the dynamics of forests are examined, eg. regeneration and ageing, succession and response to disturbance.


Unit name Forest Ecosystems
Unit code KGA333
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences
Teaching staff

Dr G Unwin

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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  • 25 Credit Points in Plant Science or Zoology or 2 from KGA202, KGA204, KGA205, KGA213, KGA223

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Teaching Pattern

2-hrs lectures weekly, 4 x 2-hrs practical workshops and 3 x 1 days of field practicals in rural Tasmania


2-hr exam (60%), 2000 word field project report (20%), 2 x 1000 word practical assignments (20%)

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