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ZOOL319 Conservation Biology

The ecological, genetic and bioenergetic principles underlying biological conservation; genetics and population dynamics of small populations; conservation problems relating to habitat, food, competition and predation.

This paper is valuable for students with an interest in conservation, as well as people working in conservation agencies (e.g. Department of Conservation or non-governmental organisations).

Paper title Conservation Biology
Paper code ZOOL319
Subject Zoology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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54 200-level points from Science Schedule C
ECOL 311, WILM 406
Recommended Preparation
ECOL 111 and ECOL 212
Schedule C
The paper requires a basic biology background.
Teaching staff
Professor Liz Slooten
Professor Philip Seddon
Associate Professor Yolanda van Heezik
Associate Professor Bruce Robertson
Dr Graeme Oatley
Paper Structure
The paper starts with a section on conservation threats, followed by material on the scientific tools used by conservation biologists (including conservation genetics and population viability analysis). The last section of the paper deals with solutions, including protected areas, translocations, education and community engagement.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.

The course material refers to recently published research in scientific journals.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Conservation Biology students will gain an understanding of the basic ecological principles underlying conservation. Students will be able to gather and analyse information and answer questions about conservation and will be able to apply their knowledge to discuss and solve real-life problems. Above all students will have an appreciation of the need for and an ability to apply critical thinking, scientific rigour and a systematic approach to conservation problems.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
C1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
C1 Monday 14:00-17:50 28-34, 36-41