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BTNY301 Plant Ecology

Ecophysiological, systems, life-history and community perspectives on how plants respond to and influence their environment, across a range of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.

In this paper we investigate the dynamic role of plants in ecosystems. We explore plants both as organisms that are born, grow, reproduce and die, and also as organisms that regulate the flow of carbon, nutrients and water in ecosystems. Lectures focus on the fundamental processes that underpin plant ecology. Field and laboratory sessions will provide exposure to modern methods in the ecology of natural and agricultural habitats and the stress responses of plants as well as associated data processing. Seminars will be used to debate fundamental scientific papers that have defined the current theory and practice of plant ecology.

Paper title Plant Ecology
Paper code BTNY301
Subject Botany
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Two of BTNY 201, BTNY 202, BTNY 203, ECOL 211, ECOL 212, GENE 222, GENE 223, GEOG 287, GEOG 290, MARI 202, STAT 210, ZOOL 221, ZOOL 222, ZOOL 223
Schedule C

Suitable for undergraduates, graduates and professionals of all disciplines interested in the roles of plants in ecological systems.

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Linn Hoffmann

Teaching Staff:  Associate Professor Janice Lord and Dr Matt Larcombe

Teaching Arrangements

1-hour lectures x 16

1-hour seminars x 4

3-5-hour laboratory/field sessions x 9

Text books are not required for this paper.
Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who learn successfully in this paper will:

  • Appreciate that system and organismal perspectives are complementary views for studying the dynamics of plants.
  • Be able to articulate the fundamental theories of plant ecology.
  • Experience how theory can be used to develop solutions to applied issues.
  • Extend skills in written and oral communication.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 16-22
Friday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 16-22
Friday 14:00-16:50 17


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 14:00-16:50 10-13, 16, 18-19