Animal Conservation Biology (ANSC2004)


This unit will cover the identification, anatomy, and physiology of Australia's unique native birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. The course also details the threatening processes that are impacting Australia's environment and ecosystems. Processes discussed include climate change, urbanisation, drought, agricultural practices, bush fires, invasive animal species, and disease. The third major focus of the course covers various aspects of in situ, and ex situ conservation, ethical issues related to wildlife conservation, and working with the media. The unit provides an introduction to wildlife and conservation genetics. Assignments will build on the knowledge gained in lectures and practical classes and allow students to investigate topics related to this unit that may be of special interest to them as individuals and a group.

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variable consisting of up to 6hrs/week of lectures (students advised to consult weekly timetable), tutorials, computer simulation and practical classes, lectures will involve guest speakers from specialist areas


Written mid-semester assessment /quizzes/poster (66.7%) and final exam (33.3%)


Burgman, MA & Lindermayer, DB 1998, Conservation biology for the Australian environment, Surrey Beatty & Sons Pty Ltd
Olsen, P 1998, Australia's pest animals: new solutions to old problems, Bureau of Resource Sciences
White, S 1997, Caring for Australian wildlife, Australian Geographic Pty Ltd
Reference books
Strahan, R (ed.) 1983, The Australian Museum complete book of Australian mammals, Angus & Robertson
Frankham R, Ballou JD, Briscoe DA. 2002, Introduction to Conservation Genetics, Cambridge University Press. New York

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(BIOL1001 or BIOL1911) and ( BIOL1002 or BIOL1902) and GENE2002



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.