KPA375  FIELD BOTANY - ADVICE TO STUDENTS



Weight: 12.5%
Prerequisites: KPA205 Botany II or KPA210 Ecology of Tasmania
Co-requisites: KPA379 Plant Ecology is recommended
Teaching pattern: Lectures, tutorials & field work over 8 days
Mon - Friday , week 1: Mt Field National Park,
Mon - Wed, week 3: excursions from Sandy Bay campus
Campus: Field-based course, Mt Field National Park / ex Sandy Bay campus
Lecturers: Prof Jim Reid, Paddy Dalton & Rob Wiltshire (Course Co-ordinator)

Introduction

The first part of the course is field-based, with informal lectures & practical exercises conducted in the Mt Field National Park & SW Tasmania over 5 days, with some plant identification work at night. There is a quite strenuous walk along the Tarn Shelf, over Newdegate Pass & back along the Rodway Range. Students that are not physically fit must seek the advice of the course coordinator. This part of the course is based at the Giants' Table & Cottages, Maydena.

The second part of the course introduces demographic techniques, conservation strategies & practice, & examines applied ecological practice in forestry harvesting methods in wet sclerophyll forest in the long-term monitoring site at Warra in two day excursions from the Sandy Bay campus.
Assessment is by: a field test (40%) on the last day of the course, assessing plant identification ability & an understanding of the ecological processes shaping the vegetation; two reports based on data collected in the field (50%); & a group plant collection (10%).

Transport

Transport to Mt Field from the University is provided. Vehicles will depart from the Life Sciences car park at 9:00 am Mon. 7th Feb. & return at 5:00 pm on Fri. 11th Feb. Please bring your lunch & waterproofs packed separately for Day 1.

Equipment

1. Adequate clothing is essential; warm clothes, good boots & waterproof clothing are required for protection against rain, wind & snow. The weather at Mt Field can be very changeable & work will proceed regardless of weather. Swimming is possible in good weather, so bring bathers. Also bring spare footwear & clothing for evening wear. Bring a light day pack for day trips
2. You will be working at 1000 metres, so bring a sunscreen (15 +), insect repellant & a shade hat.
3. Bring personal collecting equipment, field note books, masking tape, plastic bags, hand lens, camera, clipboard & texts, particularly Curtis, W.M. "Student's Flora of Tasmania" Vols. I, II, III, & IVb.

Accommodation

Accommodation is luxurious this year, but you will need to bring your own fluffy dressing gown, slippers, & towel. There is a levy of $120 (gst free) to help cover accommodation costs, the School will fund the remainder. This should be paid prior to the course at the Cashiers Office (Admin. Building), quoting account no. OP.044787.15406.0. Alternatively, you may find your own accommodation but this would diminish the experience. If you have difficulty in paying the levy, please discuss the matter with Head of School Assoc Prof Anthony Koutoulis.

Cooking

Dinner is supplied on all four nights. Bring food for breakfast & lunches, although milk & bread, tea & coffee will be provided. Be prepared to take lunches & drinks into the field.

Collections

Only small samples of plant specimens may be taken in the National Park, & samples are not to be taken next to or alongside walking tracks. Alternatively, photographic collections may be made but this is more difficult, more expensive & requires macro lenses.

Costs

There is a levy of $120 to help cover accommodation costs, the School will fund the remainder.  This should be paid prior to the course at the Cashiers Office (Admin. Building), quoting account no. 1.10.319.44500.5562.  Alternatively, you may find your own accommodation and transport, but there are large distances involved, the roads are not always sealed and it is not recommended on safety grounds.  Please consult the course-co-ordinator.

Enquiries:  Dr R Wiltshire (03) 62 26 2690 or Plant Science Reception (03) 62 26 2603. Email: Rob.Wiltshire@utas.edu.au 
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