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ECOL212 Ecological Applications

Putting ecology into practice: approaches in applied ecological science; developing a research programme; sampling and experimental design.

ECOL 212 is about the application of ecological theory and methods to solving contemporary problems in society. Many issues facing human society are fundamentally ecological in nature, such as invasive species, food security, freshwater pollution and public health. In this paper we will examine how we apply ecological methods and theory to deepen our understanding of pressing societal issues and identify management and policy solutions that may be valuable to society. The paper consists of two major teaching blocks.
The first block focuses on ecological economics and will provide you with the background needed to understand and participate in the process of making decisions related to environmental resource use.
The second block examines how drivers of change, such as invasive organisms, pollution, harvesting, habitat loss and climate change, impact on ecological systems and the ecosystem services they provide. In this block you will explore how these drivers of change impact life-history, population, trophic and evolutionary processes. You will learn how understanding of these impacts can reveal options for manipulating ecological systems to promote the flow of the ecosystem services human welfare depends on. ECOL 212 emphasises research in action, and a major component of the paper is a weekend field camp in the Catlins, where you will be introduced to practical scientific skills and will develop a research proposal of your own. This proposal then forms the basis for the independent research project you complete in ECOL 313 at the same location.

Paper title Ecological Applications
Paper code ECOL212
Subject Ecology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Prerequisite
ECOL 111 and ECOL 211
Schedule C
Science
Contact
ecology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Prof Steve Higgins (Botany)
Assoc Prof Lisa Ellis (Philosophy)
Dr Christoph Matthaei (Zoology)
Dr Travis Ingram (Zoology)
Prof Tony Harland (Higher Education Development Centre)
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who learn successfully in this paper will:
  • Be able to apply ecological methods and theory to address environmental issues related to sustainability
  • Gain experience in developing logical arguments for decision making
  • Learn concepts and practice of experimental design
  • Extend skills in written and oral communication

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Friday 14:00-16:50 31
Friday 14:00-17:50 28-30, 32-34, 36-41

Putting ecology into practice: approaches in applied ecological science; developing a research programme; sampling and experimental design.

Putting ecology into practice: approaches in applied ecological science; developing a research programme; sampling and experimental design.
ECOL 212 is about the application of ecological theory and methods to contemporary issues in society. Many challenges facing human society are fundamentally ecological in nature, such as invasive species, food security, freshwater pollution and public health. In this paper we will examine how we apply ecological methods and theory to deepen our understanding of pressing societal issues and identify management and policy solutions that may be valuable to society.
You will learn how understanding of these impacts can reveal options for manipulating ecological systems to promote the flow of the ecosystem services human welfare depends on.
ECOL 212 emphasises research in action, and a major component of the paper is a weekend field camp, where you will be introduced to practical scientific skills and will develop a research proposal of your own.

Paper title Ecological Applications
Paper code ECOL212
Subject Ecology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
ECOL 111 and ECOL 211
Schedule C
Science
Contact
ecology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Lecturers: Assoc Prof Lisa Ellis (Philosophy)
Dr Stephanie Godfrey (Zoology)
Dr Travis Ingram (Zoology)
Prof Tony Harland (Higher Education Development Centre)
Prof Kath Dickinson (Biology)
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who learn successfully in this paper will:
  • Be able to apply ecological methods and theory to address environmental issues related to sustainability
  • Gain experience in developing logical arguments for decision making
  • Learn concepts and practice of experimental design
  • Extend skills in written and oral communication

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Friday 14:00-17:50 28-34, 36-41