In this unit, you will experience the major natural ecological communities in Tasmania and the key processes shaping them. You will be introduced to the diversity of organisms found in environments from near sea level moorlands to exposed alpine heaths, from rich basalt soil to ancient, weathered quartzite, and from sites ravaged by clear felling and burning to ancient cool, temperate rainforest.
The first five days of the course are based in the spectacular National Parks of Central and Western Tasmania, including a strenuous walk along the Tarn Shelf, over Newdegate Pass & back along the Rodway Range. Students who are not physically fit must seek the advice of the unit coordinator before enrolling. Alternative fields sites may be used at short notice, subject to availability and/or access to field sites.
The second part of the course uses three days of field studies and some laboratory-based work to introduce demographic techniques, conservation strategies & practice.
|Unit name||Tasmanian Field Ecology|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Doctor Robert Wiltshire|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||5 Week Session Feb B||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
|5 Week Session Feb B||31/1/2022||7/2/2022||18/2/2022||6/3/2022|
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).
Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.
- Differentiate the major types of ecological communities found in Tasmania
- Accurately identify many Tasmanian species
- Explain the ecological factors affecting species distributions, including the role of climatic, edaphic, topographic and disturbance factors
- Assess a community via analysis of field observations and data collected in the field
- Communicate effectively in a range of formats
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
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PrerequisitesAdmission into a Masters course OR one from: KPZ211 Population and Community Ecology, KPA214 Plants in Action, KPA210 Plants of Tasmania, KPZ313 Plants of Tasmania|Admission into a Masters course OR one from: KPZ211 Population and Community Ecology, KPA214 Plants in Action, KPZ3XX Plants of Tasmania
7-11 & 14-16 Feb, 2022; informal lectures through unit and 8 days of field work
|Assessment||Field notes / Report (50%)|Public Communication (20%)|Report (20%)|Portfolio (10%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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