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Tropical Ecology and Conservation


Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM3
Contact: Dr Rob Knell
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

Desirable and recommended: Ecological Interactions. This module is for students enrolled on the programmes C100 Biology, C300 Zoology, C400 Genetics and F850 Environmental Science. The entire module is taught as a two-week field course based in a field station in the South African Bushveld close to the Kruger National Park. Savannah habitats such as the one we will be working in are continually threatened by the need for agricultural and other land, and the remaining large mammal populations and communities in Africa are widely exposed to serious threats including habitat loss and poaching. The field exercises will focus on the practical skills needed for ecological surveys, animal behaviour and environmental studies in savannah environments and how to analyse and understand the data generated by such studies. There will also be visits to nearby sites such as Blyde River Canyon, an area of particular botanical interest, and the Kruger National Park. Lectures will be held in parallel with the field exercises and will cover the basic ecology of savannah environments, African mammal diversity, sampling theory and a number of relevant conservation topics including poaching, conservation of small populations, hunting and conservation and conflict between conservation and local communities. This module is entirely assessed by coursework and there is no exam.
Due to the nature of the fieldwork on this module, and in the interests of ensuring student safety at all times, this elective module might not be suitable for students with certain medical conditions. Any student who is interested in applying for this module but who has a medical condition (including mental health conditions) which might affect their ability to work safely in the field should contact the SBCS Student Support Officer (SSO), who will consult the Module Organiser and any other relevant parties (e.g. colleagues in DDS) regarding any additional support required to enable your participation in the module. Given the need to arrange travel, accommodation and/or visas for this module, students are encouraged to contact the SBCS SSO at the earliest possible opportunity. If it is not possible to make suitable adjustments and accommodations such that a student can safely meet the learning outcomes defined for this module, it might be necessary and appropriate for them to choose an alternative elective module.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 50.0% Coursework, 50.0% Examination
Level: 6

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