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This is a largely field-based subject, based in one of several possible locations, though generally in the Daintree Rainforest in northern Queensland. The subject provides a capstone research experience in which students undertake a field-based research project around a problem in ecology or evolution. Students will design and execute the project, and will gain hands on experience in basic ecological field methods. They will then analyse their data, and report on their results, in written and oral reporting styles
Students should be aware that this course entails an additional cost associated with travel and accommodation; typically between $1500-$2000.
Students who require this subject in order to complete a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, but who are experiencing financial difficulty should contact the subject coordinator to enquire about the possibility of scholarship support.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- translate a general question in ecology or evolutionary biology to a specific context and research question;
- develop a sound experimental or sampling design by eliciting and incorporating group feedback;
- work in a team to apply field research methods to collect and record data;
- apply statistical methods to analyse and interpret data against stated hypotheses;
- communicate research results in both oral and written form, making use of scientific literature to support and contextualise;
- articulate the value that ecological and evolutionary research brings to our basic understanding as well as to the issues faced by human societies; and
- articulate the deep cultural and biogeographic history that shapes Australian landscapes.
This subject builds upon existing generic skills, including:
- an ability to approach and assimilate new knowledge from observation and the literature;
- an ability to use that knowledge to evaluate and communicate results; and
- working in collaborative teams.
The practical and ethical constraints of working on wild animals under field conditions will be emphasized.
Last updated: 15 February 2024