The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major will provide the springboard for students entering careers or research in the following areas: Ecology, Conservation Biology, Animal Behaviour, Evolutionary Biology, Systematic and Biodiversity, Environmental Consulting. Graduates will be prepared for these pathways by developing skills in survey, experimentation and modelling of ecological and evolutionary processes, which are crucial to being prepared to make contributions in research, education or in consulting roles in natural resources management and environmental consulting industries.
This major will integrate knowledge from a range of disciplines from genetics through organismal biology to ecosystem science, by enabling students to complete a sequence of specialist subjects in each, as well as integrated subjects in which the students develop an understanding of the application of ecological methods to solving current problems in evolution, ecology and biodiversity. Students will gain experience preparing them for the workplace by participating in group research projects and working groups.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this major, students should be able to:
- Synthesise knowledge from a range of disciplines from genetics through organismal biology to ecosystem science are used in the ecology and evolutionary biology of organisms
- Recognise and explain the historical and dynamic nature of biological diversity
- Outline and evaluate the methodologies in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, specifically the role of theory, of models, of mathematics, of observational and experimental (both field and lab) empirical work. They will understand the historical development in their science and it's testability
- Employ skills in survey, experimentation and modelling of ecological and evolutionary processes and data
- Identify, evaluate and apply knowledge and information from research and data in ecological and evolutionary domains
- Articulate the global nature of the science of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the inequality in amount of scientific knowledge and the opportunity for and importance of generality provided by regions and continents
- Articulate how they as scientists can engage in facing problems of climate change, biodiversity loss and other global challenges
- Demonstrate preparedness for the workplace through participating in group research projects and diverse working groups
- Communicate about the theory, practice and evidence in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology orally, and in different modes of written presentation.
Last updated: 6 September 2021