91309 Biodiversity Conservation
Biodiversity is threatened globally and species are becoming extinct at unprecedented rates as a result of human activities. In this subject students learn the conceptual framework of conservation biogeography to investigate both the theoretical principles (e.g. island biogeography) and applied challenges (e.g. limited time, resources and conflicting stakeholder interests) of conserving biodiversity in the face of expanding human populations and increasing demands on natural resources. Students learn about modern approaches to assessing biodiversity across a range of spatial scales – from local plant and animal communities to floral and faunal diversity at continental and global scales – and monitoring biodiversity change through time. There is a focus on Australian terrestrial vertebrates, invertebrates and plants and the pressing environmental issues of invasive species, urbanisation and climate change. This subject is a logical advanced extension of the prerequisite subject and it provides essential skills for a range of environmental career paths.
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