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ZOOL313 Animal Function and Environment

Environment and reproduction; how animals survive extreme environmental conditions; cell communication and stress physiology.

This paper covers aspects of environmental, ecological and evolutionary physiology, as well as some ecological implications. Topics may include environmental influences on reproduction and growth, including some potential effects of climate change; ways through which cells can communicate with one another; the physiology of stress; and the physiological challenges of a parasitic lifestyle. The paper draws examples from a wide variety of taxa to emphasise the principles that unify animal function at all levels, from molecular to whole organism.

Paper title Animal Function and Environment
Paper code ZOOL313
Subject Zoology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
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54 200-level points from Science Schedule C
Recommended Preparation
CHEM 191
Schedule C
Suitable for students of all academic backgrounds.
Teaching staff

Associate Professor Mark Lokman

Dr Stephanie Godfrey

Paper Structure

The paper consists of a lecture and a laboratory component, including a group research project.


This paper is dependent on a collection of readings that are not covered by a single text. However, the most-consulted textbook is:

Willmer P, Stone G, Johnston I, 2005. Environmental physiology of animals. 2nd edn. Blackwell Science, Ltd, Oxford.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will develop an understanding of the physiological adaptations that have evolved in animals that enable them to survive, grow and reproduce in a wide variety of environments, as well as some ecological implications.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 16-22
Friday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 9-14, 16, 18-22