GEOS3071 – Life on a Dynamic Earth

GEOS3071 – Life on a Dynamic Earth showcases comparative biogeography, which studies the patterns that explain how life and Earth evolve together. In order to make sense of these patterns, this course introduces you to biological classification, evolution and deep time, which allows you to discover the processes that have shaped the distribution of life on Earth. The course, assessed on practical assignments, is aimed at students interested in palaeoecology, phylogenetics, terrestrial and marine biogeography and related professions.

Biogeographers analyze patterns of biodiversity, species distribution, and geological history in order to unravel the complex shared history of the Earth and its life forms. Rooted in phylogenetic systematics, comparative biogeography offers a comprehensive empirical framework for discovering and deciphering the patterns and processes of the distribution of life on Earth. Students will learn the comparative method, its history and theory, and complete a biogeographic analysis of SE Asia. Is Wallace’s Line still an effective biogeographic barrier and, have biogeographers got their bioregionalisations right? Find out by doing your own large biogeographic analysis.

Session 1

Study level: Undergraduate

6 units of credit

Hours per week: 5 - 1 hour lectures, 3 hours practicals, 1 hour tutorials.

Number of weeks: 12.

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Who should I contact?

Coordinator: Malte Ebach


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