Tropical Wildlife Biology (BIOL3010)

UNIT OF STUDY

Australia has a unique terrestrial vertebrate fauna, but also has the worst record of recent mammalian extinctions. 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. The subject comprises of a five-day field course at Mary River Park in the Northern Territory. During the course, students will learn how to carry out wildlife surveys, how to identify animals, how to track wildlife, and how to design and complete a field experiment. The field trip will be complemented by guest lectures from experts in the fields of evolution, ecology and wildlife management. A one day field trip to Litchfield National Park will be held on the last day of the field course.

Further unit of study information

Classes

5-day Field School, followed by 5 days of classes at Sydney University.

Assessment

One 2-hour theory exam, one 1-hour practical exam, one 2000-word report, one 3000-word paper, one 15-minute oral presentation (100%).

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12cp Intermediate BIOL; or 6cp Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).

Prohibitions

BIOL2010, BIOL3910, BIOL2910

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.