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    Reconstructing prehistoric ecosystems and impacts of humans and climate change through the use of Quaternary techniques, including assessing extinction causes, what the future holds for conservation, ecosystem restoration and de-extinction.

    About this paper

    Paper title From Extinction to De-Extinction
    Subject Zoology
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,448.79
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    Teaching staff

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Course outline

    This paper will:

    1. critically assess the causes of extinctions of prehistoric ecosystems
    2. introduce students to the tools scientists use to reconstruct these ecosystems
    3. critically assess what scientists have discovered using these tools
    4. critically assess what the future holds in terms of conservation, ecosystem restoration and de-extinction
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

    Appreciation of global and interdisciplinary perspective; information and environmental literacy; lifelong learning; communication; teamwork; research; critical thinking; and scholarship.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    1. Formulate and answer questions about reconstructing prehistoric ecosystems, using Quaternary techniques such as radiocarbon dating, stable dietary isotopes, ancient DNA, molecular fossils, palaeontology, archaeology, palynology and plant macrofossils
    2. Use recently developed freely available online tools (e.g. radiocarbon date calibration, DNA sequence analysis) that will be of use in their postgraduate research
    3. Critically evaluate (including interpretation and applying knowledge) research in Quaternary Science
    4. Engage in discussion with other people about Quaternary Science research
    5. Find relevant material from library databases
    6. Produce well-organised and well-written research reports
    7. Give effective scientific oral presentations and debates


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


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