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Ecology and Biodiversity

In studying Ecology and Biodiversity you’ll learn about the distribution, abundance, and biology of organisms and their role in New Zealand’s most important ecosystems.

Ecology and Biodiversity

The University of Waikato has a particularly strong reputation for our research program in lake and river ecology and restoration, taking advantage of our close proximity to the Rotorua Lakes District, the Waikato River, and peat lakes and wetlands within the Waikato Region. Other areas of research include estuarine and coastal marine biology, urban ecology, Antarctic terrestrial ecology, and agricultural sustainability and productivity.

Our location provides quick access to coastal marine research, and the University maintains a coastal marine field station in nearby Tauranga.  Our location also gives ready access to a broad range of terrestrial environments, including pastoral agriculture and lowland to montane forests.

You’ll gain knowledge of ecological and biological theory, and the practical skills for field identification, surveying, and experimentation with plants, animals and microbes across a broad range of ecosystems. You’ll gain understanding of the principles of biological classification and be able to name and classify common organisms found in New Zealand ecosystems.

Your skills will be gained through a combination of hands on laboratory experience, practical field courses, and teaching from leading ecologists and biologists.

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We have extensive laboratory facilities, including

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton
Faculty:

Career opportunities

  • Biodiversity Management
  • Biodiversity Advisor
  • Biodiversity Surveyor
  • Biosecurity and Customs Officer
  • Conservation Ranger
  • Policy Analyst
  • Research Associate
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Resource Manager
  • Resource Planner
  • Weed Management Advisor
  • Pest Management Advisor
  • Field Researcher
  • Technical Officer
  • Ecological Consultant
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Agricultural Technician
  • Museum Collections Technician
  • Museum Curator
  • Taxonomist
  • Land Management Officer
  • Zoo Keeper

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).

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOEB101Concepts of Biology19A (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 Biodiversity19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
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
BIOEB200Behavioural Ecology & Conservation19B (Hamilton)
The paper provides an introduction to the principles and concepts of behavioural ecology, and to the application of these to case studies in conservation biology in New Zealand.
BIOEB201Principles of Evolution19A (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 Ecology19B (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 Function19A (Hamilton) & 19A (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 Function19B (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 Behaviour19B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the development, causation, function and evolutionary history of vertebrate and invertebrate behaviour. It applies behavioural information to conservation biology and animal welfare.
BIOEB302Advanced Zoology19B (Hamilton)
An examination of the evolutionary biology of animals, including structure, function and evolutionary adaptation of selected invertebrates and vertebrates.
BIOEB303Terrestrial Ecology19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
A paper that explores ecological principles and the ecosystem dynamics, functioning, restoration and conservation ecology of New Zealand forest ecosystems.
BIOEB304Freshwater Ecology19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
An introduction to the ecology of lakes and rivers. Topics covered include the structure and function of major freshwater communities, fish and fisheries, human impacts and the management of inland waters.
BIOEB305Marine Ecology19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
An introduction to the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems. The paper explores the fundamentals of ecology (e.g. disturbance/recovery, recruitment, organism interactions with their environment, nutrient cycles, limits on productivity) in a marine setting. We also cover human impacts on marine environments including fish...
BIOEB306Molecular Ecology and Biodiversity19A (Hamilton)
An introduction to the field of molecular ecology. Lecture coverage will include the methods for obtaining DNA sequence data as well as applications for these data. Applications will include species identification for biodiversity assessments (DNA barcoding) as well as evolutionary applications such as phylogeny and phylogeography....
BIOEB307Advanced Plant Biology19B (Hamilton)
An introduction to the discipline of plant physiological ecology and the interactions between plants and their environment. Includes an emphasis on practical techniques for measuring plant microclimate, photosynthesis and growth.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOL503Data Analysis and Experimental Design19A (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 Ecology19A (Hamilton)
A critical examination of issues that freshwater ecosystems face (e.g. pollution, management) and methods to mitigate potentially competing interests.
BIOL562Marine and Estuarine Ecology19C (Hamilton)
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.
BIOL565Molecular Ecology19A (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.
BIOL571Plant Physiology and Ecology19B (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 Behaviour19B (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 and Restoration19B (Hamilton)
The purpose of this paper is to explore the general principles of conservation biology and restoration ecology, with special reference to threatened species management and approaches to restoring ecosystems impacted by human activities.
BIOL576Animal Ecophysiology19A (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...
BIOL591Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
BIOL592Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
BIOL593Biological Sciences Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
BIOL594Biological Sciences Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
BIOL595Biological Sciences Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
BIOMO503Microbiomes19A (Hamilton)
This paper explores microbiomes in the environment and in association with multicellular organisms, including humans, to understand their critical ecological roles in ecosystem and host function and health.
BIOMO512Molecular Techniques for Environmental Science19B (Hamilton)
This paper will introduce students of diverse scientific backgrounds to current and emerging molecular analytic and diagnostic techniques used across biological and environmental sciences.
SCIE501Research Methods in the Sciences19B (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.
SCIEN511Scientific Supercomputing19C (Hamilton)
A practical introduction to undertaking scientific research on a supercomputer. The paper assumes no prior knowledge.
SCIEN551Fundamentals of Science I19A (Hamilton)
A self-directed study on a sub-discipline of science. In most cases, sucessful completion of this paper provides the necessary pre-requisite entry into another 500-level science paper.
SCIEN552Fundamentals of Science II19B (Hamilton)
A self-directed study on a sub-discipline of science. In most cases, sucessful completion of this paper provides the necessary pre-requisite entry into another 500-level science paper.
SCIEN553Fundamentals of Science III19A (Hamilton)
A self-directed study on a sub-discipline of science. In most cases, sucessful completion of this paper provides the necessary pre-requisite entry into another 500-level science paper.
SCIEN554Fundamentals of Science IV19B (Hamilton)
A self-directed study on a sub-discipline of science. In most cases, sucessful completion of this paper provides the necessary pre-requisite entry into another 500-level science paper.
SCIEN589Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
No description available.
SCIEN592Dissertation19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SCIEN593Thesis19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SCIEN594Thesis19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOL800Biological Sciences MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOL900Biological Sciences PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga)
No description available.

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Email: science@waikato.ac.nz
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