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SQB144 Marine and Freshwater Biodiversity

This unit introduces students to the diversity of plants, algae and animals between freshwater (Mt Emu Creek at Panmure), estuarine (Hopkins River behind the Warrnambool Campus) and marine environments (Killarney Beach). The practical classes consist of three separate outdoor exploration exercises that encourage students to find as many different plants and animals in these three different places. The types of animals they encounter change dramatically between these three ecosystems. The unit also touches on local environmental issues (e.g. excessive nutrients in streams), although environmental issues are not a major focus of this particular unit (environment issues are the focus of other 2nd and 3rd year units).

Further information can be obtained from Dr Ty Matthews, Lecturer, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, on extension 33516 or email ty.matthews@deakin.edu.au.

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19th July 2010