The Dynamic Biosphere

Module code: GY2434

This module looks at the general ecological and biogeographical concepts by considering the spatial and temporal distribution of species, as well as the inter-relationships of physical, chemical and biological processes within the biosphere. It covers the evolution of living organisms and issues of biodiversity.

The module begins with a one-week fieldtrip to the Lake District. This will build upon your knowledge gained from Landscape-Ecosystem Dynamics and Evolution of the Earth System in year 1, and would combine well with the Neotropical Rainforest field course in year 3.

Topics covered

  • Evolution and Speciation
  • Concepts in Biogeography and Ecology
  • Basics on biochemical cycles (e.g. Nitrogen and Carbon cycles)
  • Population of species and their communities
  • Principles in Island Biogeography


  • 19 hours of lectures
  • 6 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 3 hours of tutorials
  • 30 hours of fieldwork
  • 92 hours of guided independent study


  • Laboratory report (25%)
  • Group poster presentation (75%)