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GEOG393 Plants, People and the Environment

Historical biogeography of plants; plant adaptations and vegetation dynamics; world biome types; plants and society; human impacts on vegetation.

Paper title Plants, People and the Environment
Paper code GEOG393
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Prerequisite
54 GEOG points
Restriction
GEOG 287
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Paper Structure
Lectures:
The lectures in this paper will provide you with the necessary background knowledge and understanding of the main concepts and ideas covered by this paper. The paper is structured into four main parts:
  • Evolutionary and historical aspects of plant diversity
  • Environmental drivers of plant function and vegetation patterns
  • Understanding global vegetation types
  • Human uses of and threats to plant and vegetation
Laboratories:
The laboratories linked to the paper comprise a series of practical exercises on various aspects of plant and vegetation studies to be completed over eight weeks. You will be allocated to one of five groups, and the exercises are organised on a "round robin" basis: each group progressively works through the set of exercises, week by week. A practical manual will be provided before the practical's start, and this will contain full details of each exercise, together with the necessary theory and explanatory material for each topic. A dedicated demonstrator will work with each group each week.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper you will have:
  • Developed an understanding of the evolution and functioning of plants
  • Gained insights into patterns and processes shaping vegetation types and their geographic distribution at a range of spatial scales
  • Examined the threats to plants and vegetation and the natural and anthropogenic processes driving vegetation change
  • Reviewed the extent to which plants and vegetation play a role in human life
  • Developed the necessary skills for conducting basic plant identifications, vegetation surveys and data analyses
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Ralf Ohlemuller
Teaching Arrangements
Assessment:
  • Video worksheets: 5%
  • Individual lab reports 33%
  • Independent research assignment 12%
Total 50%
Textbooks
There is no set textbook for this paper. Relevant primary literature will be pointed out to you during the course of the paper. It will be necessary and useful to consult a number of texts. In addition, specific sources will be listed for some of the topics, especially those relating to human impacts on vegetation, to reflect the type of research currently being carried out on these issues. Suggested reading material will be given in each lecture.

The following texts all cover some aspects of the paper and are available on reserve in the Science Library:
  • Adams, J.M. (2010) Vegetation-climate interaction -“ how plants make the global environment. Springer Verlag. (ebook at Otago library)
  • Archibold, O.W. (1995) Ecology of world vegetation. Chapman & Hall
  • Bonan, G.B. (2008) Ecological climatology: concepts and applications. Cambridge University Press
  • Breckle, S.W. (2002) Walter's vegetation of the Earth: the ecological systems of the geo-biosphere. Springer Verlag. [earlier editions are listed under the author Walter, H.]
  • Canadell, J.G., Pataki, D.E. & Pitelka, L. (2007) Terrestrial ecosystems in a changing world. Springer Verlag
  • Crawford, R.M.M. (2008) Plants at the margin: ecological limits and climate change. Cambridge University Press
  • Dawson, J. & Lucas, R. (2005) The nature of plants: habitats, challenges and adaptations. Craig Potton Publishing
  • Ganderton, P.S. (2005) Ecological biogeography. Pearson Education
  • Gibbs, G. W. (2006) Ghosts of Gondwana: the history of life in New Zealand. Craig Potton Publishing
  • Good, R. (1974) The geography of the flowering plants. Longman
  • Gurevitch, J., Scheiner, S.M. & Fox, G.A. (2006) The ecology of plants. Sinauer Associates
  • Ingrouille, M. & Eddie, B. (2006) Plants: evolution and diversity. Cambridge University Press
  • Kareiva, P.M. (2011) Natural capital: theory & practice of mapping ecosystem services. Oxford University Press
  • Keddy, P.A. (2007) Plants and vegetation: origins, processes, consequences. Cambridge University Press
  • Wardle, P. (2002) Vegetation of New Zealand. Blackburn Press
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
P2 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41

Historical biogeography of plants; plant adaptations and vegetation dynamics; world biome types; plants and society; human impacts on vegetation.

Paper title Plants, People and the Environment
Paper code GEOG393
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
54 GEOG points
Restriction
GEOG 287
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Ralf Ohlemuller
Paper Structure
Lectures:
The lectures in this paper will provide you with the necessary background knowledge and understanding of the main concepts and ideas covered by this paper. The paper is structured into four main parts:
  • Evolutionary and historical aspects of plant diversity
  • Environmental drivers of plant function and vegetation patterns
  • Understanding global vegetation types
  • Human uses of and threats to plant and vegetation
Laboratories:
The laboratories linked to the paper comprise a series of practical exercises on various aspects of plant and vegetation studies to be completed over eight weeks. You will be allocated to one of five groups, and the exercises are organised on a round robin basis: each group progressively works through the set of exercises, week by week. A practical manual will be provided before the practical's start, and this will contain full details of each exercise, together with the necessary theory and explanatory material for each topic. A dedicated demonstrator will work with each group each week.
Teaching Arrangements
Assessment:
  • Video worksheets: 5%
  • Individual lab reports 33%
  • Independent research assignment 12%
Total 50%
Textbooks
There is no set textbook for this paper. Relevant primary literature will be pointed out to you during the course of the paper. It will be necessary and useful to consult a number of texts. In addition, specific sources will be listed for some of the topics, especially those relating to human impacts on vegetation, to reflect the type of research currently being carried out on these issues. Suggested reading material will be given in each lecture.

The following texts all cover some aspects of the paper and are available on reserve in the Science Library:
  • Adams, J.M. (2010) Vegetation-climate interaction ÔÇ? how plants make the global environment. Springer Verlag. (ebook at Otago library)
  • Archibold, O.W. (1995) Ecology of world vegetation. Chapman & Hall
  • Bonan, G.B. (2008) Ecological climatology: concepts and applications. Cambridge University Press
  • Breckle, S.W. (2002) Walter's vegetation of the Earth: the ecological systems of the geo-biosph
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper you will have:
  • Developed an understanding of the evolution and functioning of plants
  • Gained insights into patterns and processes shaping vegetation types and their geographic distribution at a range of spatial scales
  • Examined the threats to plants and vegetation and the natural and anthropogenic processes driving vegetation change
  • Reviewed the extent to which plants and vegetation play a role in human life
  • Developed the necessary skills for conducting basic plant identifications, vegetation surveys and data analyses

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard