BIOS3061 – Plant Ecology

BIOS3061 - Plant Ecology covers topics including: plant-animal interactions, including herbivory, seed dispersal and pollination; biological invasions; disturbance, including life in fire-prone ecosystems and the effects of human influences on plant communities; plant regeneration, including reproduction and mating systems, and seed and seedling ecology; evolutionary radiations; plant ecological strategies. We incorporate evolutionary, population and community approaches to plant ecology, and include examples from Australia, and around the world. 

In Plant ecology, we move well beyond rote learning of concepts, and instead use student-led discussions to debate a range of current controversies spanning a range of topics in plant ecology. You will be amazed by how much we still have to learn about how our world works. We also run a field trip to Kioloa, on the South Coast of NSW, where students lead field based plant ecology research projects.

Session 2, 2017

Study level: Undergraduate

6 units of credit

Hours per week: 5 - 2 hours discussions, 3 hours practicals, plus a five-day field trip.

Number of weeks: 12.

Current handbook entry Current timetable 2016 Course outline

Who should I contact?

Coordinator: Angela Moles

What does this course cover?

Topics are selected by the students each year, but typically include plant-animal interactions (e.g. herbivory, seed dispersal and pollination); biological invasions; disturbance (including life in fire-prone ecosystems and the effects of human influences on plant communities); plant regeneration (including reproduction and mating systems, and seed and seedling ecology); evolutionary radiations, and plant ecological strategies.

You can find out more about what this course is like by reading 2016 Course Information.

Where does this course fit into my degree?

This is a third year course.

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Is there assumed knowledge or a co-requisite?

BIOS2051 and BIOS2011 are pre-requisites for Plant Ecology. Students will also need to have done enough ecology and botany to be able to keep up with the concepts, to understand scientific literature, and to contribute to class discussions.

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Are there mandatory activities for this course?

There is a six-day field excursion during the mid-session break. The field trip is compulsory and will involve an expense to individual students of approximately $360.

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Is there anything else I should know?

This is an unusual course in that there are no traditional lectures (and thus no lecture recordings or slides provided). This means that you actually have to attend the classes. The student-led discussions are much, much more engaging than standard lectures though!

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2015 Course Outline

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