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Ecology is the study of plants and animals in relation to their environment and with each other

Ecology is arguably the most significant subject you could study at university

Climate change and a predicted world population of 9 billion later this century will disrupt life-sustaining ecosystems and put immense pressure on food and water supplies.

The world needs ecologists now, and even more so in the future.

Graduates are employed by a variety of government departments, agencies and organisations, including the Department of Conservation, in private industry as environmental officers, or in the expanding areas of environmental and cultural impact assessments.

Explore what makes Science at Otago so special

It’s not just our people – the experts in their fields and passionate students – but also the places we teach and learn: Otago Harbour, Fiordland, Stewart Island, Antarctica and the Pacific that mean our students leave here with highly sought-after skills and experiences.