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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
Science
Notes
(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.
Eligibility
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.
Contact
ecology@otago.ac.nz
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.

Textbooks
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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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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Timetable

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

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

The techniques of field ecology in the Pacific; sampling strategies, design, procedures and equipment; cultural engagement and traditional ecological knowledge in the Pacific.

This paper is designed to give students experience in field ecology in a Pacific context. The paper will be run primarily as a field course at a location in the Pacific region (currently Rēkohu/Chatham Island) and will emphasise the importance of experimental design, field research techniques, and engagement with local culture and conservation issues.

Paper title Pacific Field Ecology
Paper code ECOL314
Subject Ecology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (24 January 2022 - 22 June 2022) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2022 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
ECOL 211, ECOL 212 and one of STAT 110 or STAT 115
Schedule C
Science
Notes
(i) This paper is intended for third-year students majoring in Ecology However, other students may be admitted at the discretion of the Programme Co-ordinator. (ii) This paper will include a compulsory field trip based in the Pacific held prior to the beginning of semester 1.
Eligibility

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

Contact
ecology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Dr Travis Ingram

Paper Structure

ECOL 314 involves a live-in field camp where students undertake an independent ecological research project under the guidance of academic staff. This camp will take place somewhere in the Pacific region; in 2022 it will be held for 12 days on Rēkohu/Chatham Island. Projects can cover a wide range of topics from marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. Students work in pairs in developing their ideas in collaboration with staff, formulating a research question, and designing and conducting the study over a period of 5-6 days during the camp. The camp will also include opportunities for cultural exchange and engagement with local ecological issues. After returning to the Dunedin campus, students then work on their research project individually, with tutorials focused on statistical analysis and on communication skills, then present their research in oral and written formats.

Teaching Arrangements

A compulsory field trip will be held prior to the beginning of the semester between 24 January - 4 February, 2022.

Textbooks

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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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Timetable

1st Non standard period (24 January 2022 - 22 June 2022)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard