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|
|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|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- 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
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|Assessment||Quizzes (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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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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