Biogeography and macro-ecology 809

Module code ZEN 809
Qualification Postgraduate
Faculty Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Module content

Biogeographic consequences of plate tectonics, Pleistocene southern African climatic, geological, edaphic and geomorphological patterns. Reconstructing biogeographic histories (speciation, extinction, dispersal, vicariance, endemism, provincialism and disjunction); phytogeographical patterns, biomes, vegetation types. Methodological issues in macro-ecology; patterns of body size, abundance and energetics; geographic range sizes; species dynamics in landscapes; implications of macro-ecological patterns to ecology; biogeography and evolution; macro-ecological perspectives on conservation: species richness, hierarchical diversity, hotspots, spatial and temporal patterns in diversity (genetic, taxonomic, functional); causal mechanisms, species diversity, biodiversity and global change.

Module credits 15.00
Prerequisites No prerequisites.
Contact time 4 discussion classes per week
Language of tuition English
Academic organisation Zoology and Entomology
Period of presentation Year

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