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Tasmanian Fauna: Ecological and Evolutionary Studies KZA215




Tasmania has a distinctive fauna in both Australian and world terms. This unit aims to provide an overview of Tasmanian habitats and the faunas they support, and to use them to illustrate a range of ecological and evolutionary principles. The unit deals with a series of habitats that are particularly well-developed in Tasmania, such as streams, lakes, sedgelands, caves and the alpine zone, and describes some of the key components of their fauna, including crustaceans, reptiles, birds and mammals. The topics discussed include Gondwanan and island biogeography, relationships between life history and distribution, reproduction in cold climates, conservation, adaptation and convergence. The practical component will develop your familiarity with the fauna through field observations and collections, and in the laboratory the use and design of identification keys.


Unit name Tasmanian Fauna: Ecological and Evolutionary Studies
Unit code KZA215
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Zoology

Chris Burridge

Teaching staff

Staff of the School of Biological Sciences and guest lecturers.

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010915

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Teaching Pattern

2x1-hr lectures, 4-hr practical some weeks, 2-day excursion


End-of-sem 2-hr theory exam (50%), assignments (50%)

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