ENVT5517 Ecological Rehabilitation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Ecological rehabilitation is the science of repairing essential ecosystem structures and functions in environments that have been impacted by industrial, urban, or other disturbances. It does not imply restoration; that is, return of the environment to an identical pre-disturbance state, but instead acknowledges the irreversibility of some environmental changes and seeks to identify the options that deliver the greatest ecological value under these conditions. Ecological rehabilitation integrates scientific expertise from geology, soils, hydrology, botany, zoology, ecology, and social sciences to develop holistic intervention strategies to repair ecosystem structure and function. Students will acquire skills and knowledge in each of these disciplines and use them to assess degradation and formulate intervention strategies for impacted sites.
Students are able to (1) identify major causes of ecosystem disturbance and their consequences for ecosystems

; (2) discuss the factors that need to be considered and evaluated when determining an appropriate rehabilitation target and strategy
; (3) apply core assessment methods and analytical tools/data (field monitoring programs, remote sensing data, geochemical/physical properties) to evaluate the severity of disturbance and develop intervention strategies
; (4) formulate practical intervention strategies to address ecological disturbances and assessment of effectiveness against nominated completion criteria
; and (5) work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams to critically assess the suitability of proposed interventions and develop innovative approaches to improve them.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual report assessing degradation in impacted ecosystem

; (2) group report outlining intervention and assessment strategy for degraded ecosystem
; and (3) exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Samantha Setterfield and Dr Talitha Santini
Unit rules
ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Advisable prior study:
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
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