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BIO3132 - Biology of Australian Vertebrates

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General Unit Information

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This unit examines the evolution and characteristics of the vertebrate fauna of Australasia in relation to the historical and current biogeography and ecology of the region.  The primary focus will be the biology of the higher Australasian vertebrates and will be achieved by examination of the physiological, behavioural, and nutritional ecology of the major taxa.

Specific topics will include life history strategies of birds and mammals with particular emphasis on marsupials, clutch size in birds and the relationship to latitude, cooperative breeding in birds, physiological adaptations to temperate and arid conditions in reptiles, birds and mammals, and feeding adaptations in relation to the evolution of dietary resources.


Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical factors that have influenced the evolution of the Australian vertebrate fauna;
  2. Explain the significance of physiological, behavioural, reproductive and nutritional adaptations in vertebrates in relation to their ecology;
  3. Describe the diversity and distribution of major vertebrate taxa in Australia;
  4. Demonstrate competence in techniques for investigating the functional biology of organisms;
  5. Communicate scientific findings in oral and written forms.

Specific Unit Information

Coordinator
Names Assoc Prof Anne Peters
E-mail anne.peters@monash.edu
Office location 19 Rnf (Enter via 25 Rnf), Room 108
Office hours By appointment - please email
Technical coordinator
Names Danielle Annese
E-mail danielle.annese@monash.edu
Office location 25 Rnf (Building 18), Room 114
Phone 990 50512
Textbooks
Recommended There is no prescibed text for this unit
Program for 2016
University Handbook Entry BIO3132 - Synopsis, Assessment & Prerequisites
Schedule BIO3132 - Lecture & Practical Schedule for 2016
Important links
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