BIOL5501 Origins, Evolution and Conservation of Biodiversity

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
This unit introduces students to aspects of the evolution and patterns of diversity of the flora of southwest Western Australia that are relevant to conservation. It focuses on exploring questions rather than providing answers, and on framing questions about evolution, adaptation and patterns of diversity as testable hypotheses rather than as untestable narratives. Students gain greater understanding of the evolution, distribution and endemism of plants in a biodiversity hotspot and how this can help develop conservation strategies and priorities for conservation actions. Students choose a question of interest for a short, literature-based research project related to the theme, under the supervision of experts in the Faculty.
Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of patterns of diversity in Southwest Western Australian flora; (2) understand the evolution of the flora as it relates to patterns of diversity and adaptation; and (3) understand the conservation issues that have an evolutionary aspect.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) an essay (60 per cent); (2) an oral (seminar) presentation (20 per cent); and (3) discussion participation (20 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Adjunct Professor David Coates
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520 )
the Master of Science (70630)
the Master of Ecotourism (73510)
the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Advisable prior study:
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Contact hours
includes a field trip (cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student); total workload is 150 hours
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