A course that examines the importance of biodiversity to the natural world as well as people, including the role organisms play in functioning ecosystems.
|Prerequisites and Restrictions|| You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
What you will learn
After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:
- Describe the importance of biological diversity to ecosystem function and human welfare.
- Define the relationship between biological diversity and conservation.
- Understand why some areas of the world have high biodiversity, and why others have a high degree of unique and native organisms species, and what this means for biodiversity conservation strategies.
- Accurately describe the scale of the current global biodiversity crisis.
- Identify common native and naturalised Aotearoa-New Zealand birds, invertebrates, mammals and plants.
- Monitor birds, invertebrates, mammals and plants.
- Use spreadsheets and web data systems to display and manage ecological data.
- Search, locate and summarise current scientific literature on a specific ecological problem.
- Write a scientific report.
- Appreciate the many economic, social and environmental advantages of sustaining wild biological diversity.
- Recognise the possible consequence of the biodiversity crisis for human civilisation.
Dr Jon Sullivan
Department of Pest Management and Conservation[email protected]