Ecology and Biodiversity (2018)

Ecology and Biodiversity is available as a major for the BSc and BSc(Tech). Ecology and Biodiversity may also be taken as a second major or as a minor within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Ecology and Biodiversity, students must take BIOEB101 and BIOEB102 and it is recommended that students complete additional 100 level papers to embed their understanding of the major within a broader scientific context. Recommended papers include BIOMO101, one of CHEMY100, CHEMY101 or CHEMY102, one of EARTH101 or EARTH102, and one paper with a substantive numeracy component. At 200 level students must take BIOEB 201, BIOEB202, BIOEB 203, and BIOEB204. At 300 level students must take three of BIOEB301, BIOEB302, BIOEB303, BIOEB304, BIOEB305, BIOEB306 and BIOEB307.

To complete a minor in Ecology and Biodiversity, students must take BIOEB102 and 45 points above 100 level taken from the papers listed below, including at least 15 points at 200 level and 15 points at 300 level.

Prospective MSc candidates should discuss their 300 level papers with the Subject Convenor in order to ensure that a suitable number and combination of papers are taken.


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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB101Concepts of Biology18A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the foundations of biology, including the structure and functioning of cells, evolution, the origins and diversity of life, and a tour of the major forms of life and their defining characteristics.
    BIOEB102Introduction to Ecology and Biodiversity18B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the principles of ecology and biodiversity. Topics include population, community and ecosystem ecology, conservation biology, and the structure, functioning and environmental responses of animals and plants. Examples will include New Zealand ecosystems and biota.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB201Principles of Evolution18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the evolution and diversity of life. Topics include the history and philosophy of evolutionary thought, discussion of the mechanisms of evolution, present-day evidence of evolution in animal, plant and bacterial taxa; modern methods of analysing this evidence, and the evolutionary origins of current-day biodiver...
    BIOEB202Principles of Ecology18B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the principles of ecology, including adaptation to the environment, intra- and inter-specific interactions, community and ecosystem dynamics, and biogeography. Weekend field trips and computer laboratory work are essential elements.
    BIOEB203Animal Structure and Function18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    This paper is an integrated theoretical and experimental study of the principles of animal structure and function. Comparative aspects will be emphasised in how animals adapt to their environment. Topics covered include homeostasis, the function of major organ systems, ecophysiology, musculoskeletal design and locomotion. An introd...
    BIOEB204Plant Structure and Function18B (Hamilton)
    Plants are key regulators of ecosystem processes, and actively respond to and change their environments. This paper examines how plants have these effects by exploring plant structure, functioning, and adaptation to different environments. Laboratory work emphasises the handling and identification of common native plants.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB301Advanced Animal BehaviourThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    BIOEB302Advanced ZoologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    BIOEB303Terrestrial EcologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    BIOEB304Freshwater EcologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    BIOEB305Marine EcologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    BIOEB306Molecular Ecology and BiodiversityThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    BIOEB307Advanced Plant BiologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Eco&Biod), PGDip(Eco&Biod), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc (Res) and MSc(Tech)

    Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers. Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is only by invitation of the Graduate Convenor. Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Graduate Convenor.

    To complete a BSc(Hons) in Ecology and Biodiversity, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the papers listed for Ecology and Biodiversity, of which at least 30 points must be in research (normally BIOL591).

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOL503Data Analysis and Experimental Design18A (Hamilton)
    This paper will cover aspects of research design for experiments, and methods for analysis of biological data using univariate and multivariate statistical techniques.
    BIOL560Freshwater Ecology18A (Hamilton)
    A critical examination of issues that freshwater ecosystems face (e.g. pollution, conservation, utilisation) and methods to mitigate potentially competing interests.
    BIOL561Aquatic Ecosystem Modelling18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the different types of models that may be applicable in aquatic ecosystem modelling, including statistical, empirical, and process-based models. The key steps to setting up a model application are covered as well as the limitations and pitfalls of each type of model. Applications of the models are demonstrated f...
    BIOL562Marine and Estuarine Ecology18C (Block)
    This paper focuses on a variety of contemporary issues in marine ecology and biological oceanography, including fisheries biology and management, recruitment, ecology of disturbances, benthic-pelagic coupling, aquaculture and primary production.
    BIOL563Aquatic Field MethodsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    BIOL564Restoration Ecology18B (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on aspects of the health, vitality, resilience and restoration of ecosystems. Topics covered include restoration principles, theory and practice, lake restoration, river and stream restoration, wetland restoration and forest restoration.
    BIOL565Molecular Ecology18A (Hamilton)
    This paper is open to students interested in molecular ecology, systematics, and environmental molecular biology. Topics covered include conservation and evolutionary genetics, molecular ecology, and phylogenetics.
    BIOL570Plant Ecology18A (Hamilton)
    Contemporary and advanced topics in plant ecology, including the structure and functioning of plant communities, species and community distribution theory, vegetation dynamics, vegetation surveying and data analysis.
    BIOL571Plant Function18B (Hamilton)
    The paper focuses on contemporary topics in plant environmental physiology, with an emphasis on the functioning of plants at the physiological, whole plant, and ecological level. Topics will include the acquisition of carbon and water by plants and limitations to plant productivity in natural and managed environments.
    BIOL572Animal Behaviour18B (Hamilton)
    The purpose of this paper is to provide students with an understanding of contemporary approaches to the study of animal behaviour, exploring literature on the function, evolutionary history, development and mechanisms of behaviour. Special attention will be devoted to developing an appreciation of experimental design and fostering...
    BIOL573Conservation Biology18A (Hamilton)
    The purpose of this paper is to explore the general principles of conservation biology, with special reference to threatened species, aquatic animals and plants.
    BIOL574Mammalian Physiology18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines selected topics in the physiology of humans and other mammals. Students will develop an understanding of physiological control systems and the integration of mammalian structure and function.
    BIOL575Applied Topics in Physiology18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines selected topics in the applied physiology of mammals, especially reproduction and lactation, in association with researchers in industry. Students will develop an understanding of the application of physiological knowledge and principles to commercial and medical technologies.
    BIOL576Animal Ecophysiology18A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides an introduction to specified topics in animal environmental physiology. Critical evaluation of selected readings from the scientific literature will provide a theoretical framework for the specified topics and an introduction to recent research in those fields. Students will develop an understanding of how anima...
    BIOL577Aquatic Toxicology18B (Block)
    This paper provides an introduction to specified topics in aquatic toxicology, including toxicology analysis and bioaccumulation. Critical evaluation of selected readings from the scientific literature will provide a theoretical framework for the specific topics and an introduction to recent research in those fields. Students will ...
    BIOL581Microbial Ecology18A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers molecular microbial ecology, stable isotopes in microbial ecology, metagenomics, biogeography, and other current topics in microbial ecology.
    BIOL588Special Topic18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    Guided individual study on an aspect of biological sciences.
    BIOL590Directed Study18D (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    BIOL591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    BIOL592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    BIOL593Biological Sciences Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    BIOL594Biological Sciences Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    BIOL595Biological Sciences Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    SCIE501Research Methods in the Sciences18B (Hamilton)
    This paper will enable students to develop the necessary communication skills and familiarity with research methods and practice to allow them to progress to the thesis component of a masters degree in the sciences, or to extend communication and research skills in those not taking a full research degree.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 19 January 2018 11:30am

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