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ZOOL414 Comparative Physiology

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Issues in reproductive physiology of vertebrates, with emphasis on the mediation and modification of reproductive processes via chemical signals. The two major themes are stress and reproduction.

This paper covers recent research in comparative endocrinology from the whole animal to the molecular level. It has a focus on the role of steroid hormones, including corticosteroids and sex steroids, in vertebrate species. It has some consideration of applied issues, such as the application of stress endocrinology to conservation issues.

Paper title Comparative Physiology
Paper code ZOOL414
Subject Zoology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,348.60
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,967.53

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This paper is one of several optional papers for 400-level students in Zoology and Wildlife Management. Although a background in animal physiology or endocrinology is recommended, students from any area of Zoology and Wildlife Management can take this paper subject to approval from the Course Co-ordinator.

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Mark Lokman
Professor Alison Cree

Paper Structure
One weekly meeting in a seminar style, plus a small amount of practical work

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

It makes extensive use of the primary literature (i.e. journal articles).

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Identify and critically evaluate relevant information
  • Articulate a broad understanding of contemporary issues in reproductive and/or stress endocrinology of animals, including the application of these areas to questions of societal concern
  • Communicate scientific concepts to specialist and general audiences, orally and in writing

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22