The module aims to introduce students to the interdisciplinary study of biogeography and ecology, defining that biodiversity is, how it varies in different ecosystems and at different spatial scales, and how it is perceived, measured and governed. The module examines key biogeographical and ecological topics from both physical and human perspectives. This interdisciplinary approach is essential for the understanding and management of environmental problems that involve biological diversity and ecological communities. The module will therefore provide students not just with an essential grounding in the fundamentals of biogeography and ecology, but also an appreciation of how this is mediated by society. These skills are valuable for both physical and human geographers and are a central facet of environmental geography. Most specifically, the module will focus on biodiversity, ecological systems and ecosystem services with a focus on current threats, management and conservation.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
14 hours lectures; 6 hours fieldtrips, second term
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