This unit is all about the study of how ecosystems function, which gives it great relevance from scientific and management perspectives. We will examine the processes that operate in terrestrial and aquatic communities and ecosystems from both a theoretical and practical point of view. The lecture series gives a thorough theoretical background into the development of ideas concerning community and ecosystem-level processes, including the importance of such factors as biodiversity and climate change in maintaining healthy, functioning ecosystems. The practical component, which is largely based in the field, teaches methods of sampling ecosystems, collecting data and doing experiments, as well as the analysis and interpretation of results.
|Unit name||Ecology of Ecosystems|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Professor Mark Hovenden|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- design and apply appropriate methods for studying ecosystem patterns and processes
- explain the various theories of how communities are assembled and how this affects ecosystem function
- design and analyse basic ecological experiments and explain their role in modern community and ecosystem ecology
- describe the flow of nutrients and energy through ecosystems and predict the impacts of environmental perturbations on these flows
- present ecological theories, data and results in the form of written scientific manuscripts.
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PrerequisitesAdmission into a Masters course OR (KZA211 Population and Community Ecology OR KPA214 Plants in Action OR KPZ211 Population and Community Ecology)
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:KPA379 AND KZA355
1 X 2-hr lecture weekly and 1 x 4-hr practical weekly, two full-day field trips
|Assessment||Report (10%)|Report (30%)|Data analysis (10%)|Examination (50%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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