SLE372 - Evolutionary Ecology
|Year||2018 unit information|
|Enrolment modes:||Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
SLE103 and SLE204, and one of SLE111 or SLE254, plus any two level 2 or level 3 SLE-coded units
3 x 1 hour classes per week.
This is a general introduction to Evolution with an emphasis on the ecological and functional causes of, and biases in, the evolution of animals and plants. In a time of changing environments it is very important to understand the functional links between ecology and evolutionary processes because that helps us to predict responses to changing ecology and has spinoffs in other fields such as drug and pesticide resistance. The approach will be a mixture of important facts, concepts, and both mathematical and computer models. Here you will not only learn how ecology drives evolution but also how to carry out, and take ownership of, your own field research project. Even if your future job does not involve scientific research, actually doing research will allow you to assess scientific publications and reports critically, and will make better decisions based upon them.
Examination 35%, in-class test 30%, independent field research project 35%
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