During the topic lectures will be delivered on the following:- What is biodiversity? How many living species are there? What is the distribution of global biodiversity? How is biodiversity measured? The role of systematics in assessing biodiversity. The role of ecology in understanding species interactions. Loss of biodiversity - rates of extinction. Loss of biodiversity - human impacts. The values of biodiversity - economic, social etc. Bioprospecting. Biological conservation - what are we trying to preserve and how can we achieve this?
Weekly tutorials will be held to assist students in the design and execution of their practical projects and to address any questions arising from the lecture material.
On the field trip and during practicals students will work in teams of approximately 5 students and will conduct a project over the semester on assessing biodiversity within a particular habitat.
This topic aims to provide students with: