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Introduction to Antarctic Terrestrial and Near-Shore Ecosystems QAS502


The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to Antarctic terrestrial and near-shore ecosystems and their regional significance. Concepts covered will include biodiversity and biogeography, adaptations to the cold, global and local impacts on ecosystems. Driving forces that influence ecological and evolutionary processes will be explored and current major conservation issues, threats and mitigation means will be considered. Students will gain experience exploring relevant questions using a variety of analytical, numerical and computational tools.


Unit name Introduction to Antarctic Terrestrial and Near-Shore Ecosystems
Unit code QAS502
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Oceans and Cryosphere

Dr Simon Wotherspoon

Teaching staff

Dr Simon Wotherspoon, Dr Dana Bergstrom (ADD coordinator) other University staff and external lecturers from marine institutes

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

1 week intensive course (5 days) consisting of lectures and tutorial classes. There will be 20 hours of lectures and 20 hours of tutorial classes.


Submittable laboratory/class work (60%) and a project report (2000 words, 40%). Students must pass both components to pass the unit.

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