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Environment and reproduction; how animals survive extreme environmental conditions; cell communication and stress physiology.
This paper covers aspects of environmental, ecological and evolutionary physiology, as well as some ecological implications. Topics may include environmental influences on reproduction and growth, including some potential effects of climate change; ways through which cells can communicate with one another; the physiology of stress; and the physiological challenges of a parasitic lifestyle. The paper draws examples from a wide variety of taxa to emphasise the principles that unify animal function at all levels, from molecular to whole organism.
|Paper title||Animal Function and Environment|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,092.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,004.75|
- 54 200-level points from Science Schedule C
- Recommended Preparation
- CHEM 191
- Schedule C
- Suitable for students of all academic backgrounds.
- Teaching staff
- Paper Structure
The paper consists of a lecture and a laboratory component, including a group research project.
- This paper is dependent on a collection of readings that are not covered by a single
text. However, the most-consulted textbook is:
Willmer P, Stone G, Johnston I, 2005. Environmental physiology of animals. 2nd edn. Blackwell Science, Ltd, Oxford.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental
literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop an understanding of the physiological adaptations that have evolved in animals that enable them to survive, grow and reproduce in a wide variety of environments, as well as some ecological implications.