This subject examines classical and contemporary issues in ecology at the population, community, and ecosystem levels, with a focus on marine systems. Emphasis is on relating findings from small-scale field and laboratory studies to the larger spatial and temporal scales relevant to major research priorities in ecology, conservation, and management. Ecological models are central to this endeavour and are the principal focus in lectures and practicals. Topics covered include population dynamics and extinction risk; dispersal and connectivity; species interactions (e.g., competition, predator-prey dynamics); biodiversity; and ecological resilience. Practicals focus on the use of computer software as a tool to understand ecological models and the modelling process. This subject is appropriate for field-oriented students interested in ecological dynamics at the population and ecosystem levels, as well as for students interest specifically in Honours and postgraduate work in ecological modelling.
Ecological Dynamics: An Introduction to Modelling (Advanced)
Only available to students enrolled in the BSc (Marine Biology - Advanced)
Similar to MB3260 (above) but students will be required to attend supplementary tutorials in addition to lectures and practicals for MB3260.
Ecological Modelling Segments
Coral Reef Ecology
This is a subject on the ecology of coral reefs. Lectures on coral reef biodiversity introduce mechanisms of species coexistence using coral assemblages as a case study, and introduce the analysis of species richness gradients, using biodiversity gradients on Indo-Pacific coral reefs as a case study.
By providing the bridge between theory and practice this subject will demonstrate how quantitative methods can be used to solve real world problems and enable scientists with a deeper understanding of system processes. This subject will be presented by a series of motivating and in depth case studies that span a range of biophysical settings with an emphasis on applications relevant to tropical systems. Computing technologies will assist with numerical calculations and practical presentations.
Overview of the study of tropical marine ecology. Introduction to natural and anthropogenic processes that influence marine communities. Explore methods used to describe, assess and model the marine environment. Emphasis on rigorous description, monitoring, impact assessment and experimentation. Introduction to role of ecologists in environmental management. An optional three hours of study skills lectures have been integrated into the subject to improve the general skills base of students.
Ecological Modelling Segment title: Ecological Modelling in Marine Conservation