DescriptionThis unit provides an integrative understanding of the distribution of the Australian flora, past and present, and of current Australian vegetation types and their relationships with a dynamic environment. Students become familiar with the characterisation of plant communities by learning classification according to structural and physiognomic attributes, and analysing field data for patterns of diversity and community organisation. Students also learn how vegetation mapping, inventory and interpretation of remotely sensed data require an understanding of the vegetation structure that also underpins local, regional and national management capabilities. The unit should appeal to students interested in botany, ecology, conservation biology, restoration ecology and agriculture.
Outcomes from the unit include an ability to: (1) describe the main vegetation types in Australia and their distribution in relation to soil type, climate, landform and disturbance; (2) classify vegetation according to structural and physiognomic attributes; (3) undertake a vegetation survey and analyse field data for patterns of diversity and community organisation; and (4) appreciate how vegetation mapping, inventory and interpretation of remotely sensed data requires an understanding of vegetation structure.