This unit develops the student's understanding of biological diversity within all major ecosystems, and of the tools needed to study and analyse biodiversity. All Australian and global ecosystems are discussed, with a special focus on the Australian tropics and deserts, as well as the Asian tropics. A key aspect of this unit is the study of evolution, biogeography, modern species concepts and taxonomy. The practical component of the unit focuses on the identification of Top End plants and animals, using a range of tools, and includes local excursions. Such skills are essential for government natural resource managers, environmental consultants, museum/ herbarium curators and weeds officers.
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