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ZOOL315 Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology

The behavioural ecology of reproduction and survival.

The aim of this particular paper will be to understand why different species behave in different ways and why, within species, there may be individual differences in behaviour.

Paper title Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology
Paper code ZOOL315
Subject Zoology
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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54 200-level points from Science Schedule C
Schedule C

Students are expected to have taken courses that cover some preliminary evolution and/or behaviour, and a basic statistics paper.

Teaching staff
Dr. Sheri Johnson
Dr. Jenny Jandt
Professor Robert Poulin
Paper Structure

Lectures, labs and independent research that is conducted in small groups.


Recommended texts:

  • Animal Behaviour, Rubenstein, 12th Edition.
  • An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology, Davies et al., 4th Edition.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Articulate a broad understanding of animal behaviour, behavioural ecology and evolution
  • Identify and critically evaluate relevant information
  • Communicate behavioural ecology concepts to the science community and general public
  • Design and execute experiments studying some aspect of behavioural ecology
  • Work effectively both independently and as part of a research group

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 14:00-17:50 9-13, 16-22