This unit builds on units Biology 1 and Biology 2 and provides an overview to the ecology and management of freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems in southern Australia. The material covered includes: ecology of upland and lowland-floodplain rivers (including impact of flow regulation and environmental water allocations); ecology of lakes and reservoirs (including algal bloom control and impacts of recreation); wetland ecology and management (including international conventions on waterbirds); seagrass, mangrove and saltmarsh ecology and management; significance of rocky shore habitats in southern Australia; estuarine ecology (with particular emphasis on Port Phillip Bay and the Gippsland Lakes) and environmental degradation and repair of aquatic systems.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
RBF3110

Prerequisites

RBF1310 - Biology 1

RBF1320 - Biology 2

RBF2640 - Australian Animals

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Distinguish and evaluate marine and freshwater environments found in southern Australia in contrast to that found in other parts of Australia;  
  2. Adapt skills in biological techniques utilised in marine and freshwater ecology to solve complex problems in the area;  
  3. Assess forms of environmental degradation that occur in marine and freshwater environments and provide creative strategies to mitigate them;  
  4. Differentiate amongst different management strategies applied in marine and freshwater ecology and critique their effectiveness in application in wide ranging context; and  
  5. Articulate clearly, diagrammatically and in writing, complex information on a range of ecologically important concepts in relation to marine and freshwater ecosystems.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Essay (2000 words) 25%
Report Two (2) field reports (1500 words each, 25% each) 50%
Presentation Oral Presentation (15 minutes) 25%

Required reading

Australian freshwater ecology: processes and management 2nd ed.
Boulton, A.; Brock, M.; Robson, B.; Ryder, D.; Chambers, J. and Davis, J. (2014)
John Wiley & Sons

Oceans: Science and Solutions for Australia 1st ed.
Mapstone, B.D. ed. (2017)
CSIRO Publishing

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