Faculty of Science

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Biological Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Jennifer Davis


This unit builds upon basic ecological concepts to provide the theory and practical experience needed to understand, manage, monitor and conserve inland aquatic ecosystems. It considers the abiotic and biotic components of freshwater ecosystems, especially the dynamics of energy and nutrients, trophic structure and interspecific interactions, and the patterns and processes supporting aquatic biodiversity.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explain and synthesise the components, processes and services/values that characterise flowing (rivers and streams) and standing (wetlands, lakes and ponds) waters;

  1. Use established and standard methods (both in the field and laboratory) to obtain, analyse and interpret ecological datasets;

  1. Design, undertake and communicate the results of a field-based freshwater project.


Examination (3 hours): 60%
Practical work: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures, 3 hours laboratory/field work per week


BIO2011 or BIO2051, and either BIO2231 or BIO2181.