BIO3082 - Global Change Biology

General Unit Information


This unit studies how human-induced environmental changes, such as climate change, affects biodiversity. The unit explores how environmental stresses affect the physiology, behaviour, and ecological interactions of different organisms. The unit covers a range of organisms (i.e. plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, microorganisms) and biomes (e.g. grasslands, oceans, coral reefs, Antarctica). It also considers intervention strategies that can increase the sustainability of human development and reduce its impacts on biota.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Summarise the main anthropogenic pressures on biota, including climate change, land use change, pollution, and invasive species.
  2. Explain how plants and animals respond to environmental stresses, including by modulating: gene expression, metabolism, morphology, and behaviour.
  3. Predict how ongoing environmental changes will affect the ecological distributions and interactions of animals, plants, and microorganisms.
  4. Propose and evaluate strategies to mitigate environmental change and its impacts on biota.
  5. Demonstrate critical analytical approaches to scientific research and writing scientific reports.

Specific Unit Information

Unit Coordinator
Name Dr Christopher Greening
Office location 18Inn/G34C
Office hours By appointment - please email
Phone 990 51592
Technical Coordinator
NameAnna Senior
Office location 25Rnf/114
Phone 9905 6447
There is no prescribed or recommended textbooks for this unit, but students will be advised of relevant primary literature as they progress through the unit.
Program for 2018
Handbook Entry BIO3082- Synopsis, Assessment & Prerequisites
Schedule BIO3082 - Timetable of Topics for 2018
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