Restoration Ecology

Course code SRMT3060Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course explores the theory and application of restoration ecology to a range of Australian landscapes including rainforests, woodlands, saline land, mine-sites and rivers. The course also explores current practices of revegetation and river restoration and applies them to the problem of restoring a degraded urban stream. Topics covered include: landscape processes & connectivity, inter- & intra-specific interactions, need for species re-introductions, reference ecosystems, weed control issues, revegetation techniques, restoring habitat, restoration planning and evaluation. The course will focus on local case studies where possible.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this Compulsory Course Component in the course outline provided by the School.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Understand the underlying principles and theories, current practices and issues in restoration ecology.
2. Understand the key strategies to restore vegetation and implement river restoration.
3. Understand the need for adaptive management, and how this may be applied, by participating in a local community restoration experiment.
4. Develop skills in the observation and recording of data, as well as working as a member of a team in the field.
5. Develop skills in statistical analysis and data interpretation.
6. Develop skills in locating, evaluating and synthesising scientific information from a wide variety of sources relevant to the profession.
7. Develop oral and written communication skills needed by professionals in the field (e.g. seminar, scientific report and restoration plan).
8. Critically analyse theory and techniques and apply them to the problem of restoring a degraded urban stream.
Content1. Restoring landscape and physical processes
2. Restoring trophic interactions and wildlife habitat
3. Plant species introductions
4. Restoration treatments and techniques
5. Reference ecosystems and evaluation of restoration schemes
6. Barriers to successful restoration
7. Specialist case-study on river restoration
Replacing Course(s)This course replaces SRMT3030 Conservation Science taken by BSc students doing the Sustainable Resource Management major and is available as an elective to students in the Environmental Science and Management program.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSTAT1070, EMGT2040, SRMT2030.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Lecture
Laboratory
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Seminar
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SRMT3060