Ecology

postgraduate specialisation

The United Nations calls for the development of a globally integrated early warning system for all natural hazards, including “tipping points”. A climate or ecological ‘tipping point’ occurs when a small change triggers a strong or even catastrophic response in the climate or ecosystem dynamics, for instance, Amazon rainforest “die-back” and El Niño/Southern Oscillation. Similar changes can lead to drought and water stresses across large sections of Australia and the world globally, creating massive long-term water shortages.

Graduate opportunities

MCXS (Ecology) graduates, as Systems Ecology scientists, Environmental Engineers or Consultants, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Analysts, will develop and use statistical early warning indicators combined with dynamical modelling in quantifying effects of such disruptions on the management of water resources, and constructing effective risk reduction policies. Other areas include design and management of sustainable landscapes which are resistant to human and environmental disturbances; economics of greenhouse gas mitigation; habitat modelling in environmental management and conservation; and design of market-based instruments for environmental management.

Location

Darlington campus

Specialisation study mode

On-campus day and evening

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