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Marine Conservation and Restoration KSM718


This unit introduces systematic methods of field and laboratory-based data collection, analysis, and reporting for practical applications in marine conservation. Lectures outline the quantitative nature of marine conservation research, the value of robust sampling strategies and experimental methods, assessment of cumulative historic and contemporary impacts (human development, invasive species, habitat degradation, climate change) on biodiversity loss in marine ecosystems, and design and implementation of practical management solutions. Management and conservation principles are considered against a framework of environmental planning policy and legislation intended to manage and restore biodiversity, with highlight on threatened species recovery.

Practical work will complement methods introduced in lectures and involve use of software in addition to field data collection at local sites, as well as collation of existing datasets and information in working towards feasible solutions for marine conservation challenges. Workshops will be used to provide specialised expertise in marine wildlife conservation techniques. You’ll gain the skills needed to analyse protected areas, implement habitat and species restoration strategies involving multidisciplinary methods, and other relevant skills to research and manage threatened species and ecological communities, with particular focus understanding and minimising human impacts in the marine realm.


Unit name Marine Conservation and Restoration
Unit code KSM718
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity
Coordinator Professor Mary-Anne Lea
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Develop and communicate foundational skills and an understanding of the terms used in the field of marine wildlife conservation
  • Critically evaluate conservation approaches applied to problems and questions in threatened species management and restoration ecology
  • Design practical solutions for wildlife monitoring, and developing restoration and management of species/habitats
  • Describe the threats, conservation priorities and management tools/options for different marine habitats and threatened species
  • Apply multidisciplinary approaches for implementing threatened species recovery programs
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010907 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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AssessmentQuizzes (based on weekly lecture content) (20%)|Assignment on conservation management strategy design and implementation (40%)|Field Diary (20%)|Species/ecosystem recovery essay (20%)
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