Life Sciences

Introduction to Ecology and Conservation

Module code: C1023
Level 4
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Fieldwork, Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

This module provides a broad introduction to the main principles of ecology and conservation. Topics to be covered include population ecology (population growth, regulation, species interactions - competition, predation, mutualisms), community ecology (trophic structures and food webs, biodiversity, ecosystem services).

We then move on to macro-ecology, where we discuss local global patterns of biodiversity, factors controlling speicies distribution, abundance and biogeography. Finally we move on to consider applied issues in ecology and conservation, including habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, harvesting and ecological restoration.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic theories and concepts in ecology and conservation.
  • Evaluate theories and concepts in ecology and consevation
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the nature and rate of change in natural systems.
  • Demonstrate understanding of conservation/applied ecology in relation to real world problems.