Ecosystem Conservation and Management – BIOS2123

 

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Ecosystem Conservation and Management – BIOS2123

How to apply:

There are up to 30 places for 2nd year students on this course. In 50 words or less explain why you would like to be a part of this unique program. Your academic transcript will be used in the selection process. Send your application, with student number and contact details, to Neil Jordan (neil.jordan@unsw.edu.au) no later than Friday 12th May 2017.

 

Field Trip Details:

Where: Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Dubbo) and Macquarie Marshes, NSW

Dates: 29th June – 8th July 2017

Costs: An upfront fee of $470 is required to cover all program expenses excluding your return transport to Dubbo

NB: Standard University HELP fees will still apply. 

 

Course Details:

BIOS2123 Ecosystem Conservation and Management is new second year elective course which will offer students practical training in ecosystem conservation and management. BIOS2123 is predominantly a field-
based course with classes/fieldwork/case studies conducted both in situ (Macquarie Marshes and Burrendong dam) and ex situ (Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo) in NSW’s central west region. The course has been specifically designed to address a need in the School of BEES relating to Program 3965 Environmental Management: this is the first course that specifically focuses on environmental management. Nonetheless the course will also provide relevant graduate attributes for students in Science (3970) and Advanced Science (3962) for example in the Ecology and Biological Science Majors.

The aims of BIOS2123 Ecosystem Conservation and Management are:

1) To provide students with the opportunity to learn about ecosystem conservation and management in Australia;

2) To gain insight into ex situ conservation management and reintroduction programs currently occurring in Dubbo (Western Plains Zoo) and learn directly about the challenges and constraints from industry professionals;

3) To gain insight into in situ ecosystem monitoring and management including providing an intensive practical experience where students learn and implement survey techniques;

4) To provide students with the chance to collect data and demonstrate their understanding of the ecosystem concept by describing all aspects of an ecosystem, and designing a captive “ecosystem”;

5) Provide examples of the role of collaborative approaches to ecosystem conservation and management through the development of an ecosystem recovery plan, which considers multiple stakeholders and identifies potential partners.

In summary, BIOS2123 Ecosystem Conservation and Management will facilitate learning of ecosystem conservation and management challenges within Australia alongside industry professionals. Students will acquire a clear understanding of ecosystem science by unpacking and describing an ecosystem (chosen by the student) encountered on the course, and by designing captive “ecosystem” for a species in a recovery program. They will be challenged by the real world constraints of maintaining a viable population for reintroduction while satisfying diverse stakeholders (such as zoo visitors and health professionals and animal welfare groups and ethics laws). Students will also gain practical experience and insight into the constraints placed on current conservation strategies through developing a detailed recovery/reintroduction project proposal. This course allows students to apply theoretical concepts to actual conservation management strategies and will produce well-rounded, industry-ready graduates.

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