Wildlife Ecology and Management
Wildlife Ecology and Management introduces the theory and practice of managing terrestrial vertebrates, with a strong emphasis on wildlife management in Australia, the sustainable exploitation of vertebrate species, animal and habitat conservation, and the control of vertebrate pests and invasive species. Topics include theory and practice of harvesting of wildlife populations; biological invasions; prospects for the control of vertebrate pests; management of human-wildlife interactions; management of habitat for wildlife; and disease and disease transmission in wildlife populations. We travel to Wambiana Station, where we contribute to collecting data for a long-term experimental study on the effects of cattle grazing on native biodiversity. This allows students to become intimately involved in cutting-edge research, and provides hands-on experience with habitat and conservation management.
Australian Vertebrate Fauna
Australian Vertebrate Fauna focuses on the biogeography, evolution, and contemporary diversity of terrestrial vertebrates in Australia. We cover a diverse range of topics, including the geological and climate history of Australia, biogeographic regions of Australia, origins and evolution of the vertebrate fauna; and the behaviour, breeding and life histories of a wide range of vertebrates in relation to the Australian environment. The highlight includes a fieldtrip to Wambiana Station, where we learn how to survey for vertebrates, including the capture, handling, and identification of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
Biodiversity of Tropical Australia
Biodiversity of Tropical Australia introduces the concept of biodiversity and the factors that maintain biodiversity, focusing on the distinctive plants and animals of tropical Australia. Lectures and field trips focus on a range of habitats, including terrestrial, freshwater, and marine. Studies of plants include an understanding of vegetation types and their diversity, and studies of animals include terrestrial and marine invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. We also cover evolution by natural selection, global climate change, the relationship between fire and biodiversity, species introductions, species extinctions, and conservation policies specific to Australia. This subject iswell-suited for international exchange students who are unfamiliar with many of the animals and plants here in Australia.