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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 (eg 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) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Prerequisite
54 200-level points from Science Schedule C
Restriction
ECOL 311, WILM 406
Recommended Preparation
ECOL 111 and ECOL 212
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
The paper requires a basic biology background.
Contact
zoology@otago.ac.nz
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
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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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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Timetable

Second Semester

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

Lecture

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

Practical

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

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 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
54 200-level points from Science Schedule C
Restriction
ECOL 311, WILM 406
Recommended Preparation
ECOL 111 and ECOL 212
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
The paper requires a basic biology background.
Contact
zoology@otago.ac.nz
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
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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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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Timetable

Second Semester

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

Lecture

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

Practical

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