The Biogeography module will provide students with a unique opportunity to study biogeographical processes. The module will build on practical experience gained in previous field-studies in the 1st year and integrate an understanding of the physical, ecological, historical, social and economic factors that underpin ecosystems dynamics. There will be particular focus on how ecosystems have responded to environmental change in time and space, and how such biogeographic information can be used to predict future shifts in light of current environmental change debates and use of ecosystem resources. Learning through field-work is an important part of studies carried out in physical geography: hands-on experience will be provided in a dedicated field visit to the Peak District that is an important complement to theoretical studies covered within the lectures.
Module learning outcomes
Successful students will develop:
An understanding of the impacts of environmental change on ecosystem composition and distribution.
An understanding on a variety of biogeographical techniques used to trace pattern in ecosystem composition and distribution and to apply methods and techniques learnt in a fieldwork setting.
An understanding on the response of ecosystems to climate change and more recent interaction with human interactions.
An understanding of how information on the past response of ecosystems can be used to project into the future.
An understanding of evolved ecosystem physiology to environmental change.
An ability to collect and critically analyse a set of physical data, and where appropriate, select numerical approaches and techniques to analyse these.
An ability to effectively and fluently present original thoughts and concepts based on the relevant literature.
An ability to access relevant scientific information from a variety of different sources and relate this to observations made in the field.
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Assessment of a 3000-word scientific report that analyses field data in the context of class-based understanding.
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Reassessment - Newly set essay/report
Standard 4-working week Environment Department turn-around time
Cox, C. B. and Moore, P. D. 2010. Biogeography: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach. John Wiley & Sons.
Hannah, L. 2010. Climate Change and Biodiversity. Yale University Press.
Huggett, R.J.2007. Environmental Change: The evolving ecosphere. Routledge.