BIRDS, PLANTS AND POLLINATORS

ENV3BPP

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRyan Phillips

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesBIO2POS AND (BOT2PDE OR ZOO2FE)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Pollination and Floral Ecology

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorPat Willmer

Year2011

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherPrinceton University Press

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Pizzey and Knight Birds of Australia

Resource TypeWeb resource

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorGraham Pizzey & Frank Knight

YearN/A

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PublisherGibbon Multimedia

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Mangroves to Mountains: A Field Guide to the Plants of South-east Queensland

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorGlenn Leiper et al.

Year2017

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherSociety for Growing Australian Native Plants, Logan Branch

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

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

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Define key terms and explain concepts in botany and ornithology.
02. Design scientific studies inspired by field observations, and manage data collection in the field.
03. Analyse ecological data, explain and illustrate results, and apply ecological theory of plant-pollinator interactions to interpret data.
04. Compose a research article that is grammatically correct, well-structured, coherent, methodologically accurate, and includes synthesis and evaluation of the current literature.
05. Apply knowledge of plant and bird traits to identify plants and birds.
06. Demonstrate practical skills associated with undertaking the study of plant-animal interactions, and undertaking research in the field.

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