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ECOL111 Ecology and Conservation of Diversity

Species and population ecology: patterns of biodiversity; management of threatened species; evolution and environmental influences; how individuals interact with each other in populations, and with their physical environment.

Natural ecosystems are intricately linked with human society, yet their sustainability is threatened by the rapid expansion of our population and its industries. Of all scientific disciplines, ecology is best placed to offer long-term solutions. This paper provides a thorough overview of ecological principles, ranging from the forces acting on individuals and populations, to those structuring entire ecosystems. It provides a foundation for those aiming at becoming ecologists, as well as a complete introduction to the field to those majoring in other areas such as economics or law.

Paper title Ecology and Conservation of Diversity
Paper code ECOL111
Subject Ecology
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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BIOL 114
Schedule C
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Professor Steve Wing
Lab Co-ordinator: Dr Anna Wood

William D. Bowman, Sally D. Hacker, and Michael L. Cain (2017) Ecology. Fourth edition. Sunderland, Massachusetts: Sinauer Associates, Inc. Publishers
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Understand how evolution and the environment affect species
  • Understand how and why species fluctuate in abundance
  • Understand how vital rates can be influenced by conditions and resources
  • Understand how intra- and interspecific interactions can affect populations
  • Understand how to use ecological principles to conserve threatened species
  • Understand what underpins our planet's biodiversity
  • Develop skills in experimental design, group work, critical thinking and scientific communication (including report writing 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 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22
Friday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 14:00-17:50 9-14, 16-22
Saturday 07:00-15:50 10, 16-17
A2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Saturday 07:00-15:50 10, 16-17
A3 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 9-14, 16-22
Sunday 07:00-15:50 10, 16-17
A4 Thursday 14:00-17:50 9-14, 16-22
Sunday 07:00-15:50 10, 16-17