Advanced Field Surveying of New Zealand Biota (NSCI7105)

15 (0.125 EFTS)
To provide advanced experience of taxonomy, field identification and surveying techniques for a range of animals, plants and fungi.
Pre-requisites / Co-requisites: 
Students must be admitted to the Bachelor of Applied Science programme to enrol in this course. Pre-requisites: NSCI5101 & NSCI5103.
Topics include: 

PART 1: Taxonomic theory Functions and philosophy of taxonomies
systematics and the codes of nomenclature, taxonomic hierarchy. Morphology and molecular characters used for identification
introduction to identification methods and techniques.
Production and use of taxonomic keys including interactive keys (LUCID). Curation of living and preserved collections. Relevance of collections as a resource.
PART 2: Field identification tools Identification techniques
morphology and anatomy, chemistry, keys, sonograms. Coat/plumage, vocal identification of mammals and birds. Identification of problem taxa.
PART 3: Sampling techniques Advanced sampling techniques
designing and conducting ecological surveys Specialist sampling techniques
selected from the following taxonomic groups
- Invertebrates
pit fall traps, sticky traps, light traps,
- Amphibians and reptiles
sonograms, scale patterns. Nocturnal auditory amphibian counts, pitfall traps, funnel traps, coverboards, visual encounter searches, transects, use of mark recapture techniques;
- Birds and mammals
Estimating densities using distance sampling, counting single-species. Capture/restraint and measurement of birds and small mammals (mist nets, tracking tunnels, pest trapping).
Physical restraint and removal from nets /traps, moult scouring,
- Fungi
Macrofungi opportunistic sampling, spore prints, preservation, photography, host ID. Culturing and baiting.
- Plants
Collecting and preserving plant material (including reproductive parts).
Choose your class for this course from the option(s) below. You will need to attend all the sessions in that class to complete the course. Where more than one class number is shown, choose one of them and attend all sessions within that class number. (Note: If a class is held in different locations at the same time, you only need to attend all the sessions in one of the locations.)
There are no classes on public holidays.

Class: 1764

You need to attend all sessions of this class as listed below.

From – ToSessionDayTimeCampus (Room)
28 Feb 18 - 11 Apr 18 LabWednesday14:00 - 16:00 Mt Albert (114-3007)
LectureWednesday13:00 - 14:00 Mt Albert (115-2009)
2 May 18 - 6 Jun 18 LectureWednesday13:00 - 14:00 Mt Albert (115-2009)
LabWednesday14:00 - 16:00 Mt Albert (114-3007)

Class: 1765. This timetable is currently unavailable.

Note: This course is offered as part of Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management).

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