199.101 Biology of Animals15 credits
Animal diversity is studied within an evolutionary framework. Lectures cover the topics of phylogeny, biogeography, community ecology, morphology, embryology, physiology, behaviour and population biology. During laboratory classes students observe and dissect a variety of animals, study tissues and organs, simulate evolutionary events, carry out field work and analyse population data.
199.204 Animal Behaviour15 credits
An integration of biological processes through behavioural mechanisms, the functional responses of individuals and the evolution of social behaviour. Practical skills of description, quantification, comparison and experimentation are emphasised.
199.206 The Fauna of New Zealand15 credits
An analysis of the fauna of New Zealand, covering unique and significant elements of the current fauna, and where appropriate, their relationships to past faunas or those elsewhere. Major lifestyle themes, life history adaptations, and habitat characteristics are explored. Practicals include compulsory field work.
199.211 Invertebrate Zoology15 credits
A largely marine-based course that introduces the spectacular diversity amongst invertebrates. An appreciation of the major phyla is gained through learning about their movement, feeding and reproduction. Practical work focuses on identifying invertebrates, understanding how they are constructed and how they function.
199.212 Vertebrate Zoology15 credits
The basic chordate structural plan is compared to the structure of cephalochordates and vertebrates. The evolution, form and function of some major organs and organ systems are examined. Special features of fishes, amphibia, reptiles, birds and mammals are highlighted. The geological timescale, zoogeography, physiology, ecology, local examples and aspects of conservation are discussed. Practical work is important.
199.310 Entomology15 credits
Insect physiology, plant-insect relationships and an introduction to insect pest management. Basic insect identification skills are taught in the laboratories. Field work is important. A collection is required.
199.312 Behavioural Ecology15 credits
An examination of the behavioural adaptations of animals to their environment with particular emphasis on the evolution of this behaviour. Topics will include feeding, reproduction, habitat selection and social groups.
199.317 Animal Biodiversity15 credits
An exploration of the origins and maintenance of biodiversity using evolutionary and ecological theory, with an emphasis on New Zealand's unique fauna. Factors that determine the distribution and abundance of genetic variation in natural systems, methods of describing this variation (systematics, phylogeography), and ecological processes that maintain this variation are examined. Evolutionary patterns and processes are studied.
199.320 Selected Topics in Zoology15 credits
An in-depth view of topics in the zoological sciences. Students will study one or more topics to provide an advanced education in central issues in zoology.
199.330 Ornithology15 credits
The evolution, taxonomy, morphology and behaviour of birds. Recognition of New Zealand birds by sight and sound. Practical work includes dissection and analyses of plumage colouration and vocalisations.
199.714 Animal Behaviour30 credits
How do animals choose a mate, rear their young, avoid predators, find a meal and communicate with each other? These problems and applications of behavioural ecology to pest control and conservation are investigated in detail through reading current literature and class discussions. Topics change from year to year and according to the interests of the participants.
199.717 Entomology30 credits
An advanced course of study involving literature reviews, tutorials and personal research on selected aspects of insect evolution, physiology, behaviour and ecology. Topics could include the evolution of insect flight and sociality, pollination of native plants, courtship and mating behaviour, reproductive hormones and pheromones and insect dispersal, pest management and post-harvest disinfestation.
199.719 Topics in Biodiversity15 credits
A review of the theory and methods for the analysis of biodiversity patterns and processes in space and time. Emphasis is placed on the use of phylogenetic trees, phylogeographic analysis and other genetic methods for testing hypotheses in evolution, historical biogeography, and regional biodiversity.
199.798 Research Report30 credits
199.870 Research Report60 credits
199.871 Thesis 90 Credit Part 145 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
199.872 Thesis 90 Credit Part 245 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
199.875 Thesis90 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
199.897 Thesis 120 Credit Part 160 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
199.898 Thesis 120 Credit Part 260 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
199.899 Thesis120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
199.900 PhD Zoology120 credits

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