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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Disease Ecology
    Subject Zoology
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,448.79
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

    Suitable for graduates in Zoology or Ecology.
    A solid background in general parasitology is not necessary.

    Teaching staff

    Professor Robert Poulin

    Dr Stephanie Godfrey

    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.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Friday 14:00-15:50 29-35, 37-42
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