Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsIf you look out your window, what do you see? What determines what lives where? Why do I see a house sparrow outside my window and the farmer up the road sees a tree sparrow? This section looks at how where species live is determined by how they interact with other species and their physical and chemical environment. We will also explore how humans have the potential to influence all these aspects. We will look at how we can use field experiments, population models and the latest DNA technology to answer these types of questions. And how the answers to these questions feed into conservation efforts that help us protect species in their habitats.

Welcome to Week 3

Welcome to our final week where we’ll be exploring species interactions in our wider environment.

This week you will explore issues related to conservation and ecology. You’ll be thinking about the factors that can influence individuals and populations, and will also consider how we can design experiments to understand the interactions that occur between different organisms, ourselves included! You’ll learn about how ecologists use a range of techniques including surveys, tracking technologies and DNA analysis to better understand and protect the world around us.

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The Biology of Bugs, Brains, and Beasts

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