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This course covers current advances in terrestrial ecology with a focus on population and species ecology. It covers species interactions, such as herbivory, pollination, seed dispersal, and epidemics. Examples concentrate on interactions among vascular plants (trees and shrubs), vertebrate and invertebrate animals, and pathogens, and interactions of those species with the physical environment.
This Terrestrial, population/species oriented course complements existing habitat-basedcourses in Freshwater Ecology (Biol 425) and Marine Biology and Ecology (Biol 428). It also has apopulation-level focus which complements the existing Community Ecology (Biol 424).Recommended preparatory course(s): BIOL378
As a student in this course, I will develop the ability to: have a critical appreciation of current questions and approaches in terrestrial ecology(assessment task: internal assessment). understand how interactions between species affect ecological processes (task: seminar). Appreciate the roles of observational, experimental and comparative evidence in answeringecological questions (assessment task: final exam). The ability to access, synthesise and critically assess primary scientific literature on topics interrestrial ecology (Assessment task: final exam). Synthesise primary scientific literature in order to generate a clear and concise argument insupport of a perspective (assessment task: final exam).Transferable Skills Register / Pūkenga NgaioAs a student in this course, I will develop the following skills: Discovery, interpretation and synthesis of information. (GP1) Evaluation of arguments and evidence, and debating alternative points of view. (GP2) Presenting arguments in a cogent and reasoned way. (GP2) Engaging in science and technology issues with a broader understanding of their socialcontext, and of New Zealand’s global position. (GP5)GP1-5 refer to Graduate Profile attributes: (1) Critically competent in a core academic disciplineof their degree; (2) employable, innovative and enterprising; (3) biculturally competent andconfident; (4) engaged with the community; and (5) globally aware.
Subject to approval of the Head of School. RP: BIOL378 Population Ecology and Conservation
BIOL378 Population Ecology and Conservation
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Domestic fee $1,066.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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School of Biological Sciences