Ecosystem Conservation and Management – BIOS2123

Ecosystem Conservation and Management – BIOS2123

Ecosystem Conservation and Management – BIOS2123

How to apply:

There are up to 30 places for 2nd year students on this six unit course, running in the September mid session break. In 50 words or less explain why you would like to be a part of this unique program. Your academic transcript will be used in the selection process. Send your application, with student number and contact details, to Neil Jordan ( no later than Tuesday 31st July 2018.


Field Trip Details:

Where: Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Dubbo) and Macquarie Marshes, NSW

Dates: 22nd  September – 30th September 2018

Costs: An upfront fee of $470 is required to cover all program expenses, excluding your return transport to Dubbo

NB: Standard University HELP fees will still apply. 



Course Details:

BIOS2123 Ecosystem Conservation and Management is a second year elective course which will offer students practical training in ecosystem conservation and management. BIOS2123 is predominantly a field-
based course with classes/fieldwork/case studies conducted both in situ (Macquarie Marshes and Burrendong dam) and ex situ (Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo) in NSW’s central west region. There will be some lectures before the field course and also some lectures after the field course. The course has been specifically designed to address a need in the School of BEES relating to Program 3965 Environmental Management: this is the first course that specifically focuses on environmental management. Nonetheless the course will also provide relevant graduate attributes for students in Science (3970) and Advanced Science (3962) for example in the Ecology and Biological Science Majors.

The aims of BIOS2123 Ecosystem Conservation and Management are:

1) To provide students with the opportunity to learn about ecosystem conservation and management in Australia;

2) To gain insight into ex situ conservation management and reintroduction programs (including Greater bilbies) currently occurring in Dubbo (Western Plains Zoo) and learn directly about the challenges and constraints from industry professionals;

3) To gain insight into in situ ecosystem monitoring and management including providing an intensive practical experience where students learn and implement survey techniques;

4) To provide students with the chance to collect data and demonstrate their understanding of the ecosystem concept by describing all aspects of an ecosystem, and designing a captive “ecosystem”;

5) Provide examples of the role of collaborative approaches to ecosystem conservation and management through the development of an ecosystem recovery plan, which considers multiple stakeholders and identifies potential partners.


In summary, BIOS2123 Ecosystem Conservation and Management will facilitate learning of ecosystem conservation and management challenges within Australia alongside industry professionals. Students will acquire a clear understanding of ecosystem science. Students will also gain practical experience and insight into the constraints placed on current conservation strategies through developing a detailed recovery/reintroduction project proposal, and presenting this at a staged stakeholder meeting (made up by rest of the group). This course allows students to apply theoretical concepts to actual conservation management strategies and will produce well-rounded, industry-ready graduates.

Research Program: 
River Management
Wetland Dynamics
Research Themes: 
Rivers and Wetlands
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