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ECOL314 Tropical Field Ecology

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The techniques of tropical field ecology; sampling strategies, design, procedures and equipment; an initiation to tropical ecological research.

This paper is designed to give students experience in the techniques of tropical field ecology. The paper will be run as a 3-week field course at a tropical field station (usually Brunei or Malaysian Borneo) and will emphasise the importance of experimental design, procedures and equipment used in tropical ecological research.

Paper title Tropical Field Ecology
Paper code ECOL314
Subject Ecology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (18 January 2021 - 7 February 2021) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,004.75

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Recommended Preparation
ECOL 211 and ECOL 212 and (STAT 110 or STAT 115)
Schedule C
(i) This paper is intended for third-year students majoring in Ecology or Zoology. (ii) This paper will include a compulsory field trip based in the tropics.
This paper is intended for students majoring in Ecology or Zoology who have successfully completed the relevant 200-level papers.

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Professor Phillip Bishop

Teaching Arrangements

The paper is conducted in the tropics. There will be up to six lectures given by academics from local institutions and visiting researchers. There will be a minimum of 12 continuous days at a tropical research field station, where students will conduct a research project. On returning to Dunedin, students will be required to present a seminar to the class and write up their research in the form of a manuscript ready to be submitted for publication.

Specific published papers will be made available to students before and during this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who have successfully completed this paper will
  • Have a practical understanding of ecological field research
  • Understand how to use different ecological surveying techniques and methods
  • Understand how to adapt approaches to suit variable field conditions
  • Be able to apply scientific methods to practical field research
  • Understand the significance of good experimental design and rigorous measurement
  • Have good oral communication skills
  • Have good written communication skills and understand how to write a scientific paper

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1st Non standard period (18 January 2021 - 7 February 2021)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system