Ecological Restoration

Subject FRST90034 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

September, Creswick - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 14-Sep-2015
Teaching Period 28-Sep-2015 to 09-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 04-Dec-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 16-Sep-2015
Census Date 02-Oct-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-Nov-2015

During the pre-teaching period, students will be required to research and prepare an advanced draft of the first Assessment task, and read a journal article in preparation for a workshop.

There is a cost for one nights accommodation (~$40) associated with the main field trip in the second week of the subject.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Equivalent of 24 hours lectures and 36 hours practical work, delivered in a two-week intensive teaching block.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. This course requires all students to enrol in subjects where they must actively and safely contribute to field excursions and laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Disability Liaison students email:


Dr Lauren Bennett, Dr Sabine Kasel


Graduate School of Science


Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)


Lauren Bennett

Sabine Kasel

Subject Overview:

Ecological Restoration examines the principles and practices needed to restore terrestrial ecosystems in a range of modified landscapes from settled to agricultural to forested. Its focus is ecological, although consideration is also given to socio-economic factors that influence restoration programs. Lectures and field trips explore ecological principles and projects from site to landscape scales, encompassing biodiversity values and ecosystem services.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this subject students will have an advanced understanding of:

  • Properties of degraded versus functioning ecosystems
  • Need for ecological restoration (Australia and elsewhere)
  • Types and goals of ecological restoration at site to landscape scales
  • Planning, legislation, incentive schemes relevant to restoration of native systems
  • Ecological restoration strategies and methods (including harnessing natural processes and planning for climate change)
  • Indicators of ecosystem function and restoration success at different scales
  • Benefits of ecological restoration

An assignment of maximum 1,250 words (25%; due 3/10/15),

A group project including oral presentation (30%; 3-4 per group; individual presentation for 10 minutes; due 9/10/15),

An assignment of maximum 2,750 words (45%; due 20/11/15).

Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:
  • Whisenant SG (1999) Repairing Damaged Wildlands. A process-orientated, landscape-scale approach. Cambridge University Press. 312pp.
  • Perrow MR, Davy AJ (Eds) (2002) Handbook of Ecological Restoration. Volume 1 Principles of Restoration. Cambridge University Press. 444pp.
  • Walker, L.R., Walker, J., Hobbs, R.J. (2007) Linking Restoration and Ecological Succession. Springer, New York, 190pp.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture
Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
Master of Urban Horticulture
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Climate Change
Climate Change
Conservation and Restoration
Conservation and Restoration
Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
Environmental Science
Environmental Science
Integrated Water Catchment Management
Integrated Water Catchment Management
Sustainable Forests
Sustainable Forests
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation
Waste Management
Waste Management

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