AGEN 7002 Ecosystems in a Changing World
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 800170
Coordinator Yolima Carrillo Opens in new window
Description Natural and managed ecosystems on our planet are experiencing a rapidly changing environment as a consequence of changing patterns of land and resource use, loss of biodiversity, altered atmospheric composition and anthropogenic climate change. This unit will introduce students to ecosystem concepts in the context of ecological and evolutionary responses to global change. Students will obtain practical experience in quantitative analysis of carbon, nutrient, water and energy budgets, and explore the consequences of global change for ecosystem services and biodiversity over a range of spatial and temporal scales. Teaching will be led by HIE staff with expertise in ecosystem responses to environmental change, soil microbial contributions to ecosystem function and the impacts of environmental change on plants, animals and their interactions.
School Graduate Research School
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp
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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject
A Bachelor of Science in Biology, Environmental Science, or Agricultural Science, with some background in plant science and ecology.
- Quantitatively describe fundamental ecosystem functions
- Solve problems mathematically on paper and in spreadsheets
- Construct and interpret graphical representations of data
- Apply systems approach to complex environmental issues
- Critically discuss primary research articles on ecosystem responses to environmental change
- Write critical evaluation of a primary research article
Geology and soils
Water and energy balance
Primary production and allocation
Microbial ecology and ecosystem processes
Trophic dynamics; food webs and plant-animal interactions
Biodiversity and ecosystem function
Temporal dynamics: Disturbance, succession
Scaling from plots to the globe; landscape processes
Global change and ecosystems
Ecosystem management in a changing world
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Mathematical and graphical solutions to quantitative problems||5 sets||50||N||Individual|
|Class participation and blog posts||4 x 250 words||20||N||Individual|
|Short answer quizzes||3 x 30 minutes||30||N||Individual|
- Chapin, FS, Matson, PA & Vitousek, PM, 2012, Principles of terrestrial ecosystem ecology, 2nd edn, Springer, New York.
2022 Semester 2
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