Graduate Research School

Ecosystems in a Changing WorldWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 800170.1


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
A Bachelor of Science in Biology, Environmental Science, or Agricultural Science, with some background in plant science and ecology.

About this Unit
Natural and managed ecosystems on our planet are experiencing a rapidly changing environment as a consequence of changing patterns of land and resource use, loss of biodiversity, altered atmospheric composition and anthropogenic climate change. This unit will introduce students to ecosystem concepts in the context of ecological and evolutionary responses to global change. Students will obtain practical experience in quantitative analysis of carbon, nutrient, water and energy budgets, and explore the consequences of global change for ecosystem services and biodiversity over a range of spatial and temporal scales. Teaching will be led by HIE staff with expertise in ecosystem responses to environmental change, soil microbial contributions to ecosystem function and the impacts of environmental change on plants, animals and their interactions.

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