|Module Title||DYNAMIC BIOGEOGRAPHY|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Henry Lamb|
|Course delivery||Lecture||24 Hours 12 x 2 hour lectures|
|Assessment||Exam||2 Hours Answer 2 questions from 4.||67%|
|Course work||Critical reviews of recent research articles.||33%|
|Resit assessment||The resit examination will consist of 1 x 2-hour examination only.|
Module Outline (Lecture Themes)
Dynamic Biogeography aims to show how plant and animal species continually adapt to changing environmental conditions, and to diverse biological interactions. They do so by range changes, by redistribution of individuals within ranges, and by changing the genetic composition of their populations. Biogeography is the study of these processes, both past and present. The subject aims to explain the distribution of plants and animals, to contribute to an understanding of evolutionary processes and to provide a conceptual basis for management and conservation of biodiversity.
Module objectives / Learning outcomes
1.To provide a basis for understanding long-term changes in plant and animal distributions in relation to environmental change.
2.To strengthen students' understanding of biogeographic processes at the population and community levels.
3.To introduce students to current research in biogeography through the primary literature of scientific journals.
Brown, J.H. & Gibson, A.C.. (1983) Biogeography. C.V. Mosby
Gaston, K.J and Spicer, J.I. (1998) Biodiversity - an introduction. Blackwell
Hengeveld, R.. (1989) Dynamics of Biological Invasions. Chapman Hall
Hengeveld, R.. (1990) Dynamic Biogeography. Cambridge University Press
Pielou, E.C.. (1979) Biogeography. John Wiley
Terborgh, J.. (1992) Diversity and the Tropical Rainforest. Scientific American Library
Vincent, P. (1990) The Biogeography of the British Isles - An Introduction. Routledge