Intro to Tropical Wildlife Biology (Adv) (BIOL2910)


The content will be based on the standard unit BIOL2010 but qualified students will participate in alternative components at a more advanced level.The content and nature of these components may vary from year to year.Australia has a unique terrestrial vertebrate fauna. Because of Australia's unusual climate, landforms, and the rarity of many species, the management of our native wildlife presents special challenges for biologists, conservationists and land managers. This unit of study addresses the biogeography, ecology and management of Australia's terrestrial fauna, with a focus on the wet-dry tropical savannah woodlands. It comprises a one-week field trip at Mary River Park in the Northern Territory plus one week intensive lecture and prac session. The unit of study will provide students with an exciting, hands-on first experience of terrestrial field ecology. During the trip, students will learn how to carry out fauna surveys, how to identify animals, and how to track wildlife. Biologists working on a range of environmental issues in wet-dry tropical woodlands will present guest lectures to students during the field trip. Students will travel to other locations including Litchfield National Park on the last day to introduce them to the various habitats occurring in the Top End.

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Further unit of study information


One week intensive field trip to the Northern Territory plus one week intensive lecture and prac session at Sydney University.


Practical exam (15%), Presentation (15%), Reports (30%), Theory exam (40%).

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


An average of 75 or above in 12cp from (BIOL1XXX, MBLG1XXX)


BIOL2010 or BIOL3010 or BIOL3910

Additional Information

This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2017, 2019), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in EVEN years.

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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.