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ZOOL416 Freshwater Ecology

Current issues in freshwater ecology related to the management and conservation of rivers and lakes. Topics include disturbance, biomanipulation, climate change, biomonitoring and biodiversity.

Review and discussion of current topics in freshwater ecology. Students also have the opportunity to present a seminar and review article on a topic of their choice.

Paper title Freshwater Ecology
Paper code ZOOL416
Subject Zoology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,409.28
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Teaching staff

Course co-ordinator: Dr Travis Ingram
Professor Christoph Matthaei
Professor Gerry Closs

Paper Structure

Tutorial sessions examining topical issues in freshwater ecology, with formats including presentations, discussions, debates, and a field trip when possible. Students also select a topic of interest to research in more detail for an oral presentation and review article.

Teaching Arrangements

Tutorial sessions led by teaching staff will address topical issues in freshwater ecology in a variety of formats. Students will give presentations and participate in discussions about basic and applied concepts in freshwater ecology. Students will also independently research a topic of their choice subject to approval by the course co-ordinator. They will present their findings to the class followed by discussion and feedback, then will prepare a review article synthesising the literature on their topic of choice.  

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Freshwater Ecology students will gain an understanding of key issues related to our understanding and management of freshwater ecosystems. Emphasis is placed on:
  • Discussing key topics from a variety of cultural perspectives
  • Teamwork in the preparation of short class presentations
  • Individual scholarship, critical thinking and communication through in-depth research and presentations of a topic of interest

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 9-14, 16, 18-22