Leader: Nick Porch
Not offered in 2006.
Synopsis: Examination of fossil records of plant and animal groups, on timescales ranging from the last few centuries to the last 2 million years, provides necessary base line data for assessment of the response of ecosystems to both natural and human-induced environmental change. This information can provide a firm basis for ecosystem management at the present day and in the future. Emphasis is placed on fragile aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in Australia where an original palaeoecological study will form the basis of field and laboratory work.
Assessment: Written (2000 words): 40% + Examinations (2 hours): 40% + Practical work, laboratory work, fieldwork: 20%
Contact Hours: 3 hours per week (two lectures and one lecture and one 3-hour practical in alternate weeks)
Prerequisites: 16 points of second-year physical geography, biology or earth sciences, or permission