BIRDS, PLANTS AND POLLINATORS
Credit points: 15
Interactions between species are thought to have been critical for generating the diversity of species we see on earth today, but also pose particular challenges for conservation biologists. In this field course, we study animal-plant interactions in the species rich heath lands and forests of the north coast of NSW, with a strong emphasis on pollination by vertebrates. You will design and conduct ecological and behavioural studies of plants and animals in the field. This research will encompass both theoretical topics, such as the adaptation of flowers to particular groups of pollinators, and applied topics, such as the conservation issues associated with maintaining ecological interactions between organisms. In addition, there will be a focus on both developing the ability for you to identify elements of the Australian flora and avifauna, and increasing their exposure to a diversity of field techniques.
Subject Co-ordinatorRyan Phillips
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Available as ElectiveNo
PrerequisitesBIO2POS AND (ZOO2FE OR BOT2PDE)
Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management
Quota-conditions or rulesCourse entrance by academic merit
Special conditionsStudents MUST check details of dates & costs of field trips with the department. This field course incurs additional costs.
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
Pizzey and Knight Birds of Australia
AuthorGraham Pizzey & Frank Knight
Pollination and Floral Ecology
PublisherPrinceton University Press
Mangroves to Mountains: A Field Guide to the Plants of South-east Queensland
AuthorGlenn Leiper et al.
PublisherSociety for Growing Australian Native Plants, Logan Branch
Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A
Entire subject or partial subjectN/A
Total hours/days requiredN/A
Location of WBL activity (region)N/A
WBL addtional requirementsN/A
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
Intended Learning Outcomes
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Week 27-44, Blended
Maximum enrolment size40
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRyan Phillips
One 7.00 d field trip per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 29 to week 44 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Intensive field course run at Hastings Point"
One 6.00 h lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 28 to week 28 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Needs to be scheduled on Monday. Pre-field trip discipline-specific"
One 1.00 h tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 44 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Tutorial on data analysis from field trip"
|Research paper (2500 words Due approximately 4 weeks after field trip||N/A||N/A||No||50||SILO2, SILO3, SILO4|
|Field notebook (800 words equivalent) Submitted at the end of the field trip.||N/A||N/A||No||20||SILO2|
|Field knowledge test (approximately 30 minutes, 500 words equivalent, written) Conducted at the end of the field trip.||N/A||N/A||No||20||SILO5, SILO6|
|Online quiz (approximately 20 minutes, 350 words equivalent, multiple choice) This assessment will take prior to the field trip.||N/A||N/A||No||10||SILO1|