BIO3091 -Timetable of Topics

Week

Lectures (10am-12pm)

Prac (2pm-5pm)

1

1

Unit introduction (including essay assignment).

JM

  

2

Origins of the Australian vegetation

JM

2a

3

Climate 1: Plant responses to climate

CL

Essay/project tutorial – information posted online with online Q&A this week and next)

 

4

Climate 2: Influences on vegetation structure

CL

2b

5

Soils: Influences on vegetation, above and below ground linkages. Includes how to characterise soil

CL

Essay/project tutorial – information posted online with online Q&A this week and next)

JM

6

Soils: Influences on vegetation, above and below ground linkages. Includes how to characterise soil

CL

3

7

What is a plant community?

JM

  

8

Vegetation dynamics: Vegetation structure through time and space

JM

4

9

Alpine and sub-alpine zone – making do with less

JM

Field Trip group meetings – online, introduction to data, formulating key questions

JM/

ALL

10

Case-study: The Australian Alps: A history of exploitation, an uncertain future

JM

5

11

Workshop: Classifying Vegetation: How do we classify vegetation on the ground? Can be converted to online

JM/CL

Field Trip analysis

JM/

ALL

12

PRE-READING ESSENTIAL

JM/CL

6

13

Plant communities: Assembly, coexistence and ecological filtering

JM

Field Trip Report tutorial + another project meeting

JM/

ALL

14

Plant interactions: competition, facilitation, plant-soil interactions and environmental influences

JM

7

15

Plant adaptations to the environment: energy capture and storage

CL

  

16

Plant adaptations to the environment: water uptake and distribution

CL

8

17

Workshop: Plant defence -  How to not get eaten & the gift of secondary compounds – can be converted to online

CL

 

18

PRE-READING ESSENTIAL

CL

9

19

Workshop: Eucalypt forests and woodlands – the tough (leaved) ones

CL

  

20

PRE-READING ESSENTIAL

CL

10

21

Rainforests – the water lovers

CL

  

22

Grasslands – when trees can’t grow

CL

11

23

Heathlands – low nutrient specialists

Coastal zone – the salt tolerators

CL

  

24

Arid and semi-arid zone – living with drought

CL

12

 

Revision

   

Lecturers: Dr Joslin Moore (JM) and Dr Chris Lee (CL)