GEPL341 Environmental Biogeography

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Updated: 17 December 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites 12cp
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GEPL441 or GEPL541
Notes None
Combined Units GEPL541 - Environmental Biogeography
Coordinator(s) Rajanathan Rajaratnam (
Unit Description

This unit introduces students to biogeography, a key interdisciplinary bridge between biology and geography that addresses the spatial and temporal patterns of biological diversity. It will encompass the historical and ecological perspectives of biogeography and integrate them with the current biogeographical focus on investigating patterns of variation in nature across physical gradients such as area, latitude, climate, elevation and isolation. Finally, by drawing upon 'real-world' examples of applied biogeography, students will be introduced to its application in conservation planning at the global, regional and local scales.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. understand the basic principles that underpin the foundation of biogeography and have an inherent understanding of the spatial and temporal patterns governing the global distribution of biological diversity;
  2. demonstrate competent knowledge and understanding of the various subdisciplines of biogeography like historical biogeography, ecological biogeography and paleoecology as related to Australasia and the world in general;
  3. demonstrate an adequate knowledge of the evolution of biogeography in the modern context in line with new discoveries in the fields of ecology, systematics, genetics and technology; and
  4. demonstrate the capacity to apply and utilise principles of biogeography in the fields of environmental and conservation planning.