|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Conservation Report Tropical Conservation Report 2000 Words||40%|
|Semester Assessment||Scientific Report Bioinventory assessment and report 1500 Words||60%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Supplementary Conservation Report Tropical Conservation Report 2000 Words||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Supplementary Scientific Report Bioinventory assessment and report 1500 Words||60%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of the natural history of tropical regions from a biogeographical, evolutionary, and ecological perspective.
Critically evaluate the threats facing tropical environments
Demonstrate an understanding of the application of taxonomy and bioinventory as part of ecological research to support conservation management of habitats.
Tropical regions, and particularly their rainforests, are known to represent some of the world’s key biodiversity hotspots. The TREC module aims to explore the natural history of these tropical regions, from the origins of ancient forests to how biogeographical, evolutionary, and ecological processes have shaped them. We will look at the array of biodiversity found within tropical regions and review the range of techniques, from traditional to more modern molecular methods, that can be used to help with species identification and the development of bioinventories. With tropical regions increasingly coming under threat from deforestation and land-use change, the module also aims to build an appreciation of the impacts facing tropical environments and will evaluate a range of on-going conservation projects, from species- based to habitat-based, as well as in-situ and ex-situ efforts. We will also critique various national and international policies aligned with tropical conservation efforts.
2. Gain an understanding of bioinventory and phylogenetics utilising morphological and molecular approaches.
3. Demonstrate the skills required to identify morphologically similar species.
4. Develop an appreciation of tropical forest ecology, the conservation issues surrounding them and the challenges related to conducting research in a tropical environment.
10 lectures (2 hour each)
1 workshop (3hours)
2 computer practical (3 hours each)
2- 1 day field visits
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Critical and analytical thinking||Data analysis is a key element of the scientific report.|
|Digital capability||Bioinformatic skills based on bioinventory data|
|Professional communication||Written communication|
|Subject Specific Skills||Identification skills|
This module is at CQFW Level 5