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ECOL212 Ecological Applications

Putting ecology into practice: approaches in applied ecological science; developing a research programme; sampling and experimental design.

ECOL 212 is about the application of ecological theory and methods to contemporary issues in society. Many challenges facing human society are fundamentally ecological in nature, such as invasive species, food security, freshwater pollution and public health. In this paper we will examine how we apply ecological methods and theory to deepen our understanding of pressing societal issues and identify management and policy solutions that may be valuable to society.

ECOL 212 emphasises research in action, and a major component of the paper is a weekend field camp, where you will be introduced to practical scientific skills and will develop a research proposal of your own.

Paper title Ecological Applications
Paper code ECOL212
Subject Ecology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (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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ECOL 111 and ECOL 211
Schedule C
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator:Dr Stephanie Godfrey (Zoology)
Course Lecturers: Dr Linn Hoffmann (Botany)
Dr Travis Ingram (Zoology)
Prof Tony Harland (Higher Education Development Centre)


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who learn successfully in this paper will:
  • Be able to apply ecological methods and theory to address environmental issues related to sustainability
  • Gain experience in developing logical arguments for decision making
  • Learn concepts and practice of experimental design
  • Extend skills in written and oral communication

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 09:00-16:50 36
Saturday 09:00-16:50 36
Sunday 09:00-16:50 36


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Friday 10:00-12:50 29-34, 37-41
A2 Friday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 37-41