Unit

School Of Science

Biological Adaptation to Climate ChangeWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300909.2

Discipline: ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION

Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Justin Welbergen


Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 40 credit points at Level 2.


Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2020 Spring  Yes  Hawkesbury Campus - DAY  Justin Welbergen  Timetable.   Print Unit Outline*
2021 Spring  Yes  Hawkesbury Campus - DAY  Justin Welbergen  Timetable not available  

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About this Unit
This unit investigates how organisms respond to variation in climate and what can be done to reduce their vulnerability to anthropogenic climate change. The unit makes use of a novel conceptual framework that defines ‘vulnerability’ as a function of the ‘exposure’ and ‘sensitivity’ of organisms to climate change. Therefore, we will begin by exploring how organisms are exposed to climate change, from regional climatic changes acting at the scale of populations, to local climatological effects acting at the scale of individuals. Next, we will examine what determines the sensitivity of organisms, focusing on the physiological, behavioural, and life-history traits that affect the ability of organisms to cope with and adapt to climate change. Then, we will show how exposure and sensitivity combine to determine the vulnerability of organisms, including in both managed and natural ecosystems. Finally, we will discuss the ‘mitigation’ and ‘adaptation’ strategies that can prevent the worst of the potential impacts from becoming realised and help protect our biodiversity in the face of anthropogenic climate change.


Courses
2743.10Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of LawsCONTINUING
2743.11Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of LawsCURRENT
2743.8Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of LawsCONTINUING
2743.9Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of LawsCONTINUING
2786.1Bachelor of BusinessCONTINUING
2786.2Bachelor of BusinessCONTINUING
2786.3Bachelor of BusinessCURRENT
3562.9Bachelor of Science (Advanced Science)CONTINUING
3658.6Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of ArtsCONTINUING
3660.6Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of International StudiesCONTINUING
3669.2Bachelor of Natural Science (Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security)CONTINUING
3670.1Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science)CONTINUING
3671.1Bachelor of Natural Science (Environmental Management)CONTINUING
3671.2Bachelor of Natural Science (Environmental Management)CONTINUING
3673.1Bachelor of Medical ScienceCONTINUING
3673.2Bachelor of Medical ScienceCONTINUING
3675.4Bachelor of ScienceCONTINUING
3677.2Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)CONTINUING
3680.3Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)CONTINUING
3681.2Bachelor of Science (Zoology)CONTINUING
3732.1Bachelor of Science (Zoology)/Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science)CURRENT
3754.1Bachelor of ScienceCURRENT
3756.1Bachelor of Science (Pathway to Teaching Primary/Secondary)CURRENT
3757.1Bachelor of Advanced ScienceCURRENT
3763.1Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of ArtsCURRENT
3764.1Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of International StudiesCURRENT
4748.3Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of BusinessCURRENT
6002.1Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Medical ScienceCONTINUING
6002.2Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Medical ScienceCONTINUING
6004.1Diploma in Science/Bachelor of ScienceCONTINUING
6037.1Diploma in Business/Bachelor of BusinessCONTINUING
6037.2Diploma in Business/Bachelor of BusinessCURRENT
6043.1Diploma in Science/Bachelor of ScienceCURRENT


Specialisations

KP3027.1General ProgramCONTINUING
KT3128.1Biological ScienceCONTINUING
KT3134.1ZoologyCONTINUING
KT3148.1Environmental ScienceCONTINUING
M3048.1Climate ChangeCONTINUING
M3056.1ZoologyCONTINUING
M3078.1Climate ChangeCONTINUING
M3079.1Conservation BiologyCONTINUING
M3081.1Marine BiologyCONTINUING
M3082.1ZoologyCONTINUING
M4008.1Global Climate ChangeCURRENT
MT3016.1BiologyCONTINUING
MT3017.1EcologyCONTINUING
MT3042.1BiologyCONTINUING
SM3048.1Climate ChangeCONTINUING




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