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James Cook University – Bachelor of Science

Australia February 1999 – June 2001

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

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Reports & Essays – James Cook University

Australia – Reports & Essays

James Cook University

BZ1030 – Beachfront community structure – 2000 words

BZ1030 – Eucalyptus platyphylla subjected to different patterns of disturbance – 2500 words

EV1001 – What is EV? – 600 words

EV1001 – Mangroves – 500 words

EV1001 – Minke Whaleing – 500 words

EV1001 – Overpopulation essay – 1500 words

EV1001 – Alternative energy resources – 700 words

EV1001 – Kangaroo harvesting – 800 words

BS2001 – Study of Abundance of Mistletoe… – 1100 words

BS2001 – Study of E. Platyphylla at two different habitats – 1100 words

EV2201 – How Tourism Impacts on Wildlife essay – 2700 words

MB2050 – Sandy shore field exercise – 1200 words

MB2050 – Fringing reef report – 900 words

ZL2101 – Success of the Family Gadidae – 1100 words

ZL2102 – Epidemiology – 1500 words

ZL2103 – Grasshoppers – 1500 words

ZL2103 – Frog Deccication – 1500 words

ZL2104 Int – Fish morphology Essay – 3000 words

ZL2104 Int – A Study of the Possum, Trichosurus vulpecula, in Trop. Northern Qld. – 2000 words

EV3200 – National Parks – Human use or Preservation? – 2000 words

EV3203 – Ministerial Briefing 1 – Conservation Priorities in Queensland – 1000 words

EV3203 – Ministerial Briefing 2 – Detection of Declining Trends – 1000 words

EV3251 Int – Take home Exam — Three essays 4500 words

EV3251 Int – Recreational Carrying Capacity – 2000 words

EV3251 Int – Assessing Recreational Impacts at Smithfield Heights – Saddle Mountain Conservation Park – 2000 words

TO3025 – User Pays – Right or Wrong?  – 3000 words

TO3025 – Fieldtrip notes – 6500 words

TO3025 – Fieldtrip Reflections – 3200 words

TO3025 – Brown Bear Biology Management – 3000 words

ZL3203 – Study of Lizard Community at JCU – 2000 words

ZL3203 – Declining Frog Populations World Wide – 2000 words

ZL3203 – Fieldtrip Report Moorrinya National Park — Outback Australia – 2500 words

ZL3204 – IUCN Essay – 2000 words

ZL3204 – PVA-Analysis — Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat – 2000 words

ZL3205 – Bat’s Adoptations to Urbanisation – 1000 words

ZL3205 – Commercial Exploitation of Wildlife Populations – 2000 words

ZL3211 Int – Species Account — Laticauda laticaudata — Sea Krait – 500 words

EV5209 Int – Portfolio of 10 International and 5 Australian Protected Areas. – 6200 words

EV5209 Int – How to manage Visitor Impacts in Protected Areas – 2000 words

Report – EV3251 – Take-home examinaition paper [3 essays]

July 2001, EV3251

Take-home examination paper

Product of Stefan Mårtensson, 2001-07-14

First, thanks for a good and very interesting course. Below you will find my contribution and interpretation of the take-home examination paper with essay questions 3, 6 and 8. Happy reading. Read the rest of this entry »

Undersea Explorer

Undersea Explorer

Well, I have really have had the Gods on my side this last couple of years. Not only got into the MAST program in Canada, play with the most venomous snakes in the world through a snake handling course with QPWS, volunteer work at a Crocodile Farm and took care of about 600 estuarine crocodiles also known as saltwater crocodiles which is the largest crocodile species in the world. But I also scored a host position on Undersea Explorers Adventure Dive Expeditions! Read the rest of this entry »

Australia – May & June 2001

May – 2001-05-11

This semester have been filled with fieldtrips and even May had its’ fair share of them… Today, it was time for me to leave for a three-day trip through north Queensland. This time it was the Terrestrial Resource Management class that catered for the trip and the aim was to have a look at the different management issues out there in real life. Dealing with aspects like dairy farming in the tropics (the need for clearing rainforest to have cattle grazing), sugarcane farming (clearing rainforest for that purpose), tourism development and much more.

June – 2001-06-20

Greetings mobsters!

June 2001 is like the last two, filled with study, study and some study…

June is the Exam month here at James Cook University and that’s the reason I haven’t been able to update the site for a while. However, I am soon out of this tunnel and I am almost out in the sun again after spending heaps of time behind my desk and writing reports, essays and other scientific papers. However, the decision has been made from my funding institution (CSN) but that’s all they had to say… yup, that’s right they never told me WHAT the decision was! I will found out soon enough I suppose.

Meanwhile I would like to share my success with you by informing that I am now (if I pass my exams) officially a Biologist/Zoologist and after I have finished my intensive course in Cairns (mid-July) I will become an Environmental Scientist. Some of the papers written by me are available on my Schoolworks page, please feel free to have a look and if you disagree with something please email me.

Till next time,

Report – ZL3251 – Recreational Carrying Capacity

EV3251 Int

Which Factors are Involved with the Recreational Carrying

Capacity Concept in Natural Protected Areas?


As human populations increase the pressure from urban living encourage people to seek solitude with nature, the number of visitors to natural and protected areas continues to increase. Protected areas have important values in sustaining human society, especially through conserving cultural heritage. They also provide for the maintenance of representative samples of natural regions and preservation of biological diversity, and are important in protecting the environmental stability of the surrounding areas (WTO/UNEP, 1992). Read the rest of this entry »

Report – ZL3203 – Causes for disappearing frogs

Zl3203, 2001-05-29

The Evidence and Possible Causes for the Disappearing Frogs in Australia


Of the 205 species of amphibians in Australia eleven have declined or disappeared since the 1985 and 1989. (Richards et al., 1993; Alford & Richards, 1999; McDonald and Alford, 1999) Declines and losses of amphibian populations are a global problem with complex local causes largely unknown. However, the causes may include feral pig predation, ultraviolet radiation, habitat modification or degradation, changes in climate or weather patterns or a combination of these factors (Alford & Richards, 1999).

This paper discusses the general biology and natural sensitivity of frogs and possible causes of decline. Read the rest of this entry »

Report – ZL3204 – Spieces or Ecosystem Management?

ZL 3204

Should we be Managing Species or Ecosystems?

The goal of preserving the world’s biodiversity by saving one threatened species after another is clearly hopeless. We might be better off managing ecosystems to keep them in a healthy condition, but what are the hidden costs of this approach for biodiversity conservation?

Not everyone cares about the fate of the environment or wild animals. Some people would not worry if the world’s wild animals disappeared overnight, that’s because they are city people. Although people have always made use of wild animals and nature, the scale of use is far greater than in primitive ages (Bolton, 1997). Read the rest of this entry »

Report – ZL3204 – Population Analysis of Wombat

ZL3204, 2001-04-08

Evaluation of Population Viability Analysis and its use in

Management of the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat


The disappearance of the northern hairy nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii) from two of its three historic habitats in the last 100 years trouble scientists. The present range has been much reduced, apparently as result of competition with cattle (Johnson, 1991). In the remaining habitat, Epping Forest National Park, cattle have been excluded and the forest is now protected.

Due to the very small population, about 100 animals, management is a serious problem. Any ill-considered intervention with the animals can have dramatic effects on the entire population and can potentially drive it to extinction (Johnson, 1991). Read the rest of this entry »

Australia – April 2001

April – 2001-04-06

The joyful letter I got from Canada has still not gone out of my mind as you might understand. I have worked hard to reach this sub-goal. The final goal is still ahead but this was one was a very important stage in my future development.

As I mentioned in last months page, the only thing that really can stop me from going at this point is money, and that is coming from CSN (the Swedish Board for further Education). Read the rest of this entry »