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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Comparative Physiology
    Subject Zoology
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,448.79
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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

    Paper Structure

    One weekly meeting in a seminar style.


    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


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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