Tasmania has a distinctive fauna, even in Australian contexts, but it illustrates a range of principles that are globally relevant. This unit will provide students with an understanding of the factors that influence the diversity and distribution of biota, with an emphasis on insular systems (island biogeography) and the roles of abiotic and biotic factors. Some fauna will be approached from the perspective of their ecosystems (e.g., freshwater animals), while others will be dealt with on a taxon-by-taxon basis, but emphasising aspects of their ecology and evolutionary history that can explain their present diversity and distribution. The unit also challenges students to critically assess questions of relevance to fauna conservation, drawing support from published sources. The practical component develops proficiency in field survey design and techniques, and downstream critique of results. The combination of this unit with the field-based the summer school KPZ301 Tasmanian Field Ecology, and KPZ313 Plants of Tasmania provides some of the best undergraduate training in practical field ecology in Australia.
|Unit name||Fauna of Tasmania|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Christopher Burridge|
|Teaching staff||Professor Christopher Johnson|Professor Menna Jones|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Evaluate factors that influence the diversity and distribution of biota, particularly in regard to insular systems such as Tasmania.
- Conduct and interpret results of animal-based surveys, considering the limitations of the approaches used.
- Defend or refute a position using peer-reviewed scientific literature in appropriately referenced written documents
- Explain globally significant threats to fauna conservation and potential management solutions, supported by Tasmanian examples.
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PrerequisitesAdmission into a Masters course OR KZA212 Functional Biology of Animals
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:KZA215
1 x 2 hour lecture per week, 13 weeks
Practical sessions held in 11 weeks, of 1-4 hours per practical
Individual study: self-directed contribution to practical activities (scoring of camera trap images)
|Assessment||Examination (40%)|Fieldwork report (40%)|Critical Appraisal Assignment (20%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
McNab A. (2018) The Guide to Tasmanian Wildlife. Fullers Bookshop, Launceston.
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