BIO3111 - Ecological Applications

General Unit Information

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Applied Ecology is concerned with managing the impact of human activities on the natural environment, such that the effects of human disturbance are minimised and protection and preservation of ecological communities is maximised.  The unit will focus on teaching core skills in applied ecology that should inform any management process.  There is less emphasis on policy and legislative issues, except where they directly impact on management decisions.

The course will focus on three major issues: chemical pollution, impacts of biological invasions, and management of vertebrate populations (both terrestrial and aquatic), and link them to generic ecological management skills. The practical component will consist of three projects that directly relate to the three lecture units within the unit. We hope that you enjoy this unit and find that it enhances your ecological skills and gives you enthusiasm for ecological research in general.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explain the principles of landscape ecology;
  2. Apply the adaptive management process in natural resource management;
  3. Understand the need to cater for genetic variation and evolutionary potential;
  4. Describe the links between natural resource management and the ecological theory on which it is based;
  5. Evaluate management techniques, be familiar with the management options available to managers and decision-makers and be aware that management is conducted within a socio-economic framework;
  6. Express informed opinions on the economic, ethical and political considerations of resource management.

Specific Unit Information

NamesDr. Carly Cook
Office hoursBy appointment - please e-mail
Technical Coordinator
NamesDanielle Annese
Office location25Rnf/114
RecommendedLand Mosaics: The ecology of landscapes and regions, Forman, R T T, Cambridge U. P., 1995, 0 521 47462 0
Program for 2017
University Handbook EntryBIO3111 - Synopsis, Assessment & Prerequisites
ScheduleBIO3111 - Lecture & Practical Schedule for 2017
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