Biogeography aims to understand the origin and distribution of species and the processes that cause them to change over time. During the lectures we will discuss classic biogeographical theory and current research topics such as biological invasions and species distribution modelling. In addition, the module will discuss how biogeographic information can be used to predict biological responses to future environmental change, and it will review concepts on biodiversity conservation. This module is intended to be interesting and relevant to students who aim for careers in biodiversity conservation and management, international
development, and land-use planning, and/or those with a general interest in natural history.
Total Study Hours: 150 (contact 33, non-contact 117)
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- To describe main theories underlying biogeographical research.
- To apply biogeographical concepts to a wide range of environmental problems
- To describe the historical factors that influence current species distributions.
- To describe processes such as extinctions, biological invasions, and dispersal in explaining biogeographical patterns
1) Introduction to biogeography
2) Historical Biogeography
3) Biodiversity patterns: baselines, patterns, and processes
4) Species distribution under global change
5) Island Biology
6) Biological invasion
7) Conservation biogeography
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The module consists of:
1) Lectures and Seminars: to discuss recent literature and case studies to learn basic concepts related to Biogeography.
2) Poster project: to research a topic related to the syllabus content that is of interest to the students.
3) If resources and timing allows, we will aim to have a local field trip to discuss issues of relevance to the module.
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Journal of Biogeography.
Global Ecology and Biogeography.
Whittaker, RJ; Fernández-Palacios, JM (2009). Island Biogeography. Oxford Univeristy Press.
Lomolino, MV; Riddle, BR; Whittaker, RJ; Brown JH (2010). Biogeography. Sinauer Associates.
Ladle, RJ; Whittaker, RJ (2011). Conservation Biogeography. Wiley-Blackwell.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: External