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GG3241 Quaternary Palaeoecology

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Availability restrictions:Offered on a two year cycle
Planned timetable:11.00 am - 1.00 pm Tue

This module examines the behaviour of organisms in response to climate changes on timescales of millenia and longer. Possible responses can be categorised as (i) evolution (by lineage splitting, or speciation, the source of biological diversity), (ii) extinction, or (iii) changes in distribution and abundance. The relative importance of these responses, and their relative frequency, are crucial for understanding the origin of biological diversity, its regionalisation (biogeography), and as a foundation for how organisms will respond with climate change in the future. The module will show the development of ideas in these areas, from the early nineteenth century onwards, through to current understanding, including recent developments in geography, Earth sciences and biology.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Single Honours Geography or Biology and Geography Joint Honours

UG Pre-requisite(s):GG2011 and GG2012 (or SD2001 and SD2002 with permission of module coordinator)

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 1-hour lecture and 1 x 2-hour seminar.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 30
  • Guided independent study: 160

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 20%
  • Coursework: 80%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:4,000-word essay on a subject to be decided between the student and the module co-ordinator = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof K Bennett
Module teaching staff:Prof K Bennett