Ecology

  • Ecology - student Christie

Qualifications

Overview

Ecology is the scientific study of the interactions between organisms and the environment. In reality, modern ecology is much broader than this, encompassing studies on individuals, species, populations, communities and ecosystems, and including behaviour, evolution, physiology and increasingly, molecular biology.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, the study of ecology is especially important. As a small group of islands separated from larger land masses, the Aotearoa flora and fauna evolved unique characteristics in the absence of mammals. The invasion of Aotearoa by humans and the organisms (including mammals) that they introduced has dramatically altered its ecology, leading to drastic reductions in numbers, or even extinctions, of the original animals and plants.

In addition, global climate change is affecting the ecology of Aotearoa, altering the distribution of both native and introduced organisms.

Contact us

School of Biological Sciences | Te Kura Pūtaiao Koiora

Phone +64 3 369 5200
Email biological-sciences@canterbury.ac.nz

Location
2nd Floor, Biology building - see campus maps

Postal address
College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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