Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Geography

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Changing patterns in the geography of life are at the heart of this truly interdisciplinary subject. The module explores the distribution of plants and animals from an environmental perspective, where climate and habitats dictate the spread of populations. It goes on to examine ecosystem theory and how interactions between organisms contribute to their distribution patterns. The section on historical biogeography considers the age old processes of evolution, plate tectonics and quaternary environmental change and their effects on biodiversity. Colonisation and extinction shape the biogeography of islands and their investigation provides an insight into key processes shaping species distribution patterns. The module concludes with an evaluation of the current extinction crisis, the spread of invasive species, the challenges faced by small populations and conservation management.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.