Module Identifier GG30520  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Henry F Lamb  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Henry F Lamb  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours 11 x 2 hrs  
  Seminars / Tutorials   8 Hours 4 x 2 hrs  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written Examination. 2 questions from 4  60%
Semester Assessment Coursework 10 minute seminar presentation (5% individual, 5% group)  10%
Semester Assessment Coursework. 3500 word report  30%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours Written Examination. 2 questions from 4  60%
Supplementary Assessment Coursework. 3500 word report. Resubmission of coursework report. Resit failed semester examination.30%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Explain how plant and animal populations respond to environmental change at a variety of space and time scales

2. Demonstrate an understanding of ecological, biogeographic, and evolutionary processes at population and community levels

3. Critically evaluate current research in biogeography from the primary literature in relevant scientific journals

Brief description


Dynamic Biogeography aims to show how plant and animal species continually adapt to changing environmental conditions, human impacts, and diverse biological interactions. They do so by range changes, by redistribution of individuals within ranges, and by changes in the genetic composition of their populations. The module explains these processes, contributes to an understanding of evolutionary processes, and provides a conceptual basis for management and conservation of biodiversity.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Avise, J.C (2000) Phylogeography - the history and formation of species Harvard University Press
Brown, J.H. and Lomolino, M.V (1998) Biogeography Sinauer Associates
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
MacDonald, G Biogeography - Space, Time and Life Wiley
Whittaker, R.J (1998) Island Biogegraphy - Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Oxford University Press


This module is at CQFW Level 6