Biology Online Module Handbook

BL3309 Ecosystems and Conservation

(BL3309 online module handbook version 14)

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This module will examine how ecosystems function and how they provide services for humans: information which is essential for ecologists, conservationists and land managers. The module will consider examples of natural systems being altered by man to demonstrate how ecosystems function and the consequences of anthropogenic change. Disturbance and regulation in ecosystems, atmospheric and hydrological regulation, (including the green house effect and acidification), soil ecology, conservation and management of natural resources, agricultural and grazed ecosystems (including GMOs), urban ecosystems and aspects of sustainable development will also be discussed.*

Credits: 20*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Prof Will Cresswell
wrlc@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463010
Pre-requisite Modules:
BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU SHOULD PASS BL2307 AND ( PASS BL2303 OR PASS BL2304 OR PASS BL2308 ). BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST PASS BL2307 AND ( PASS BL2303 OR PASS BL2304 OR PASS BL2308 )*
Anti-requisite Modules:
None*
Post-requisite Modules:
BL4254, BL4266, BL4268*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
Room 1.17, Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL3309: Timetable

Legend (not all modules have every event type):
lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
29-01-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Lecture L1: Ecosystem principles: functions and services
2017-8_BL3309_L1
Tuesday
30-01-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Lecture L2: Water: functions and services
2017-8_BL3309_L2
Wednesday
31-01-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Lecture L3: Stability, disturbance and regulation in ecosystems
2017-8_BL3309_L3

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
06-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Lecture L4: Agricultural ecosystems
2017-8_BL3309_L4
Wednesday
07-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Lecture L5: Grazing and domestic animals in ecosystems
2017-8_BL3309_L5

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
12-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L6: Soils
2017-8_BL3309_L6
Tuesday
13-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L7: Acidification
2017-8_BL3309_L7
Wednesday
14-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L8: Pesticides
2017-8_BL3309_L8

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
19-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L9: Climate change 1
2017-8_BL3309_L9
Tuesday
20-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L10: Climate change 2
2017-8_BL3309_L10
Wednesday
21-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Lecture L11: Biological control
2017-8_BL3309_L11

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
26-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Thomas Meagher

Lecture L12: Genetically Modified Organisms 1 (GMOs)
2017-8_BL3309_L12
Tuesday
27-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Thomas Meagher

Lecture L13: Genetically Modified Organisms 2 (GMOs)
2017-8_BL3309_L13
Wednesday
28-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Lecture L14: Biodiversity as a resource
2017-8_BL3309_L14

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Lecture L15: Extractive exploitation
2017-8_BL3309_L15
Tuesday
06-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Lecture L16: Recreation, ecotourism and culture
2017-8_BL3309_L16
Wednesday
07-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Other O1: FEEDBACK on continuous assessment 1
2017-8_BL3309_O1
Wednesday
07-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
BUT:A21 - Computer Classroom
Prof Will Cresswell

Practical P1: Ecological modeling 2
2017-8_BL3309_P1

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
13-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Dr Simon Northridge

Lecture L17: The causes of extinction
2017-8_BL3309_L17
Wednesday
14-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Dr Simon Northridge

Lecture L18: Evaluating the risk of extinction
2017-8_BL3309_L18
Wednesday
14-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Dr Simon Northridge

Lecture L19: The metapopulation concept and area based conservation
2017-8_BL3309_L19

Reading Week: 17-Mar-2018 to 01-Apr-2018

Semester 2: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
03-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Other O2: FEEDBACK on continuous assessment 2
2017-8_BL3309_O2
Wednesday
04-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Lecture L20: Urban ecosystems 1
2017-8_BL3309_L20

Semester 2: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
09-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Lecture L21: Urban ecosystems 2
2017-8_BL3309_L21
Tuesday
10-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Lecture L22: Sustainable development 1
2017-8_BL3309_L22
Wednesday
11-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
MarkWilson

Lecture L23: Conservation case study 1
2017-8_BL3309_L23
Research, impartiality and conservation: the work of the British Trust for Ornithology. Invited external lecturer Mark Wilson (BTO)

Semester 2: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
16-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
tb79

Lecture L24: Valuing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
2017-8_BL3309_L24
Tuesday
17-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Dr Simon Northridge

Lecture L25: Conservation in a marine context: marine protected areas
2017-8_BL3309_L25
Wednesday
18-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Philip Hammond

Lecture L26: Conservation case study 2
2017-8_BL3309_L26
Changing attitudes to cetacean exploitation and conservation

Semester 2: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
23-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
tb79

Lecture L27: How to incentivize the conservation of biodiversity
2017-8_BL3309_L27
Tuesday
24-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Dr Simon Northridge

Lecture L28: Harvesting and managing wild populations
2017-8_BL3309_L28
Wednesday
25-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
BUT:C42 - Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Lecture L29: Sustainable development 2
2017-8_BL3309_L29
Friday
27-04-2018
10:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Will Cresswell
spn2
Workshop W1: Conservation planning workshop
2017-8_BL3309_W1
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL3309: Reading List

Click for BL3309 reading list

BL3309: Assessment

3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Coursework = 34%*

(MMS assessment data cached: 14 January 2018 23:20:14.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Prof Will Cresswell wrlc@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Prof Will Cresswell wrlc@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Prof Will Cresswell wrlc@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Prof Will Cresswell wrlc@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

Room 1.17, Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL3309: Contributing Staff

Prof Will Cresswell

Prof Will Cresswell
(Module Organiser)

Professor of Biologywrlc@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Will CresswellProf Will Cresswell
(Module Organiser)
Professor of Biologywrlc@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Verena Dietrich-BischoffDr Verena Dietrich-BischoffTeaching Fellowvdb@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Philip HammondProf Philip HammondProfessorpsh2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Thomas MeagherProf Thomas MeagherProfessortrm3@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Simon NorthridgeDr Simon NorthridgeSenior Lecturerspn1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL3309: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL3309 successfully should be able to:

  • List and explain the functional basis of the types of relationships between organisms and abiotic factors
  • Describe how diversity arises from the physical processes that limit this
  • Describe how ecosystem functions result from how other organisms ameliorate or intensify limiting abiotic conditions.
  • Give specific detailed examples of how relationships between organisms at an ecosystem level, and ecosystem processes, arise from combinations of abiotic and biotic factors and how organisms and communities themselves then affect abiotic factors.
  • Understand the concept of ecosystem services
  • Understand how humans are affecting ecosystem functions and processes and so ecosystem services.
  • Give specific detailed examples of how humans can change and manage ecosystem services.
  • Appreciate that how humans affect ecosystem functions and processes is fundamental to future quality of life, and how conservation, urban planning and sustainable development can lead to positive solutions.
  • Analyse and interpret complex ecological data sets typical of environmental monitoring.
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL3309: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • "Full" practical write-up (Intro, Methods, Results, Discussion)
    • "Short" practical write-up (e.g. completed worksheet)
    • Data analysis (depending on project)
    • Descriptive statistics
    • Distinguish different types of data
    • Generalised Linear Models
    • Linear regression
    • Produce graphs/figures
    • Produce tables
    • Use R or R Studio
    • Critiquing experimental design
    • Working in pairs/small groups
    Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
    Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
    * University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
    School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
    University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

    Policies

    (Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)