This unit investigates the local, regional and global context of industries dependent on fundamental ecological processes including aquaculture, fisheries, forestry, farming, wastewater reprocessing, wetlands and other specialist bioindustries such as biofuel production. Students explore how manipulation of the biogeochemistry of natural systems allows us to potentially create a vast range of sustainable products, but often with unpredicted outcomes and impacts, on both constructed and natural systems. In each system, students first define a set of core biological and ecological process controls, and then explore how harnessing of key processes via manipulation and technological intervention can set in motion changes in biochemical pathways leading to production of a needed product or process.
Course period18/07/03 → …
Course levelPostgraduate coursework
Course formatUnit