81.244 Biodiversity & Conservation Australia's Tropics

Biodiversity & Conservation Australia's Tropics

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 38121
Status Active

The most diverse ecosystems in the world are Australia's Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Tropical rain forest. To explore the basic principles of biodiversity and conservation biology we will use the case studies of the coral reefs and tropical rainforest of Cairns, Australia. The course will start off at UML, studying three aspects of biodiversity: its origin, the threats, and its conservation. Next we will to go Australia where students will experience the wonders of these ecosystems, and learn first hand about the scientific research on the flora and fauna, and learn about the efforts to conserve these treasures. Students will participate in restoration projects of the tropical rainforest and coral reefs, and hear lectures on conservation from scientific researchers to the Aborigines.