Climate Change Biology

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Climate Change Biology

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Environmental Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Recommended Prerequisite

    BIOL2201, BIOL2010

    This course requires additional faculty approval for entry.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description
    Anthropogenic climate change presents a wide range of impacts and challenges for both the planet and the organisms that exist upon it. Drawing on a cross-section of fields from within the biological sciences, this course moves from our understanding, through paleontological evidence, of prehistoric climate change and its effects on our biota to current anthropogenic climate change and its potential consequences for individual organisms with regard to physiology, behaviour, population dynamics, and community effects. Students will also explore the challenges and uncertainties climate change present to scientists in terms of its potential impacts on terrestrial and marine species' distributions including infectious pathogens and their arthropod vectors.
    Course Introduction
    In the coming years the realities of climate change will bring themselves to bear on every facet of the biological world and every discipline within the biological sciences. This school?s focus on the complexity and plasticity of organisms, species and populations gives it a unique perspective for investigating and understanding the potential responses and adaptations these species need to make in the face of climate change, the influences of this on biodiversity, and the mechanisms and drivers of climate change itself.
    The world has been changing constantly through evolutionary time, and while all organisms are continually adapting to their environment ? adaptation is the norm ? the challenges presented by anthropogenic climate change are unprecedented in human history. How humans choose to react will impact on the potential of other adaptations underway throughout our entire biota
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • an understanding of the ways in which global and regional climate are driven by factors including landscape, oceans and gases
    • identify how a rapidly changing climate can affect an individual organism and a population
    • discuss the possibilities and potentials of adaptation in various species and populations and the impacts of this on biodiversity
    • demonstrate an appreciation for the limitations in projecting potential species distributions under future climate change scenarios
    • write reports relevant to the communication of climate change that could be received by the general public
    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 1 Contact hour

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