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ZOOL415 Disease Ecology

Impact of parasitism on animal behaviour and sociality. Consequences of social network structure for disease transmission. Implications for natural ecosystems, conservation, and wildlife management. Evolution of parasites and transmission modes.

This paper provides a critical overview of some selected areas of research at the cutting edge in ecological, evolutionary and applied parasitology.

Paper title Disease Ecology
Paper code ZOOL415
Subject Zoology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,409.28
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Suitable for graduates in Zoology or Ecology.
A solid background in general parasitology is not necessary.

Teaching staff
Professor Robert Poulin
Paper Structure
Topics currently fall under three main themes, forming three teaching modules:
  • Impact of parasitism on ecosystems
  • Parasite evolution
  • Parasitism and host behaviour
Teaching Arrangements
Weekly roundtable discussions based on compulsory reading material and student-led presentations.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will demonstrate in-depth understanding of key issues and current areas of research in ecological, evolutionary and applied parasitology.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 14:00-15:50 29-34, 36-41