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Unit Overview


This unit introduces the principles and practice of conservation biology and restoration ecology. The primary learning task is a practicum. This involves student placement with a research scientist for the semester where the student prepares, executes and reports on a semester-long research project. The research project is chosen from a range on offer across the research areas in the laboratory at the Kings Park Science Directorate, and is conducted by students either individually or in pairs. Research project topics include conservation genetics, biotechnology, restoration ecology and seed science. Theory and practice in these research sub-disciplines are presented through a short course of integrated lectures/tutorials. Field trips provide an opportunity to see world-leading restoration projects in action.

6 points

Students are able to (1) gain an understanding of plant conservation issues and obtain hands-on experience in key methods used to conserve threatened species and restore habitats; (2) gain experience in synthesising relevant theoretical frameworks leading to the development of appropriate scientific questions and approaches; and (3) develop strong written and oral communication skills with fellow students, supervisors and the wider scientific community.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a literature review (15 per cent); (2) final research seminar (15 per cent); and (3) research article based on independent laboratory work (70 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jason Stevens and Dr David Merritt
Unit rules
BIOL3303 Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology.
BIOL8303 Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology
Contact hours
5 days (1 day per fortnight). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
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