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This subject explores the relevance of ecological and evolutionary theory for understanding the distributions of species, their interactions, their life history characteristics and how these traits are impacted by changing environmental conditions. Topics include spatial ecology and metapopulations, climatic impacts on distribution and abundance, life history evolution and ecosystem stability and resilience. The skills developed in this subject provide an essential grounding for careers in ecology.
Intended learning outcomes
The primary objectives of this subject are learning how to:
1) access primary scientific literature, through both electronic and traditional sources;
2) read, understand, and critically evaluate relevant contemporary literature in ecology;
3) design experiments and interpret data; and
4) use computer-based modeling and simulations to investigate contemporary issues in ecology.
The subject builds upon existing generic skills, including an ability to assimilate and critically evaluate new knowledge within a scientific paradigm, and to communicate that knowledge to a broad audience.
Last updated: 21 April 2021