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Approaches to vegetation analysis; past and present vegetation patterns; plant strategies for survival in stressful environments; anthropogenic vegetation.
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,348.60|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,967.53|
This paper is available to students at or above the 400 (i.e. graduate) level.
Please contact Dr Ralf Ohlemuller for information about the recommended background for this paper.
- More information link
- View further information about GEOG 459
- Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Ralf Ohlemüller
- Paper Structure
The main activity during this paper will be seminars and tutorials (2 hours per week). These will take three main forms:
- Lecture-style presentations followed by discussions
- Small-group reading and discussions followed by whole-class discussions
- Workshop-style sessions to discuss practical research issue
This paper is 100% internally assessed
- Teaching Arrangements
1 x 2 hour lecture per week
- Throughout the paper, relevant reading from the primary literature will be pointed
out to you, and you are also asked to perform your own literature searches and reviews.
In addition, the following text books provide useful general information on many of
the issues and topics discussed in this paper:
Cox, C.B. & Moore, P.D. (2008) Biogeography - An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK.
Ladle, R.J. & Whittaker, R.J. (2011) Conservation Biogeography. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford. UK.
Lomolino, M.V., Riddle, B.R., Whittaker, R.J. & Brown, J.H. (2010) Biogeography. 4th edition. Sinauer, USA.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will have
- An advanced understanding of the main theories underlying biogeographical research
- Gained insights into processes shaping biogeographical patterns at a range of spatial and temporal scales
- Conducted biogeographical research on a topic relevant to conservation and environmental planning
- Researched and communicated theoretical and applied aspects of ecology and biogeography relevant to a wide range of environmental stakeholders