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Module

ACE8041 : Ecosystem Management

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Janet Simkin
  • Lecturer: Mrs Helen Adamson, Dr Simon Peacock
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module aims to teach understanding of the philosophical and ecological principles underlying the management of ecosystems, particularly for conservation purposes. To gain an understanding of the methods used to manage habitats and the scientific tools used to assess and develop these methods and monitor their success. Increase knowledge of the basic principles of population, community and ecosystems ecology. To gain better awareness of new and emerging topics in ecosystem management, particularly the management of global environmental change. This module will give students an understanding of the issues faced by ecosystem managers and the solutions to these management problems.

Outline Of Syllabus

Emphasis is placed on management for the conservation of biodiversity. Students are first taught the basic principles or ecosystem management before being shown more detailed examples of management activities in a range of terrestrial ecosystems including grasslands, arable systems, heathlands woodlands and wetlands. In the final part of the course students discuss emerging topics in ecosystem management such as the adaptation of conservation management methods in a changing climate.

Part 1: Basic Principles of Ecosystem Management.
Material includes: selection and management of protected areas, managing outside of protected areas, succession, restoration ecology and invasive species management.

Part 2: Ecosystem management in semi-natural and agricultural ecosystems.
Management issues and solutions in different habitats (including agri-environment schemes).

Part 3: Emerging issues in ecosystem management.
e.g. Adapting to climate change and the impacts of nitrogen pollution.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable