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ZO5304: POPULATION ECOLOGY (2019-2020)

Last modified: 25 Sep 2019 09:58


Course Overview

The course is structured as a series of weekly themes, which each reflect areas of current research in animal ecology. The content of the course is research-based, drawing on case studies from research-active staff within the School of Biological Sciences. The topics cover a range of ecological and spatial scales: from single species’ population dynamics to community dynamics, and from local to macro-scale processes, with a focus on the application of current ecological knowledge and theory.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Justin Travis

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will explore current understanding based on theoretical and empirical studies of processes operating in populations of organisms. It will start by developing an understanding of the dynamics of simple non-spatial and discrete-generation populations. This will include concepts related to density and environment dependence and will consider cyclic and chaotic population dynamics. The course will then progress by introducing different forms of realism and complexity. Stage and sex-structured population dynamics will be considered. The role of spatial structure with local populations linked by the movement of individuals will be addressed. Finally, we will also introduce some trophic interactions, including predator prey, parasite host and plant herbivores as well as species embedded in more complex set of trophic interactions, including apparent competition. Throughout the course, we will focus on relatively simple discrete time models and students will be taught how to develop these using R and to use them to explore and describe emergent behaviours. We will also introduce a state-of-the-art population modelling software (called RangeShifter), recently developed at Aberdeen, and the students will be provided the opportunity to use this software to simulate how species are likely to change their biogeographic distributions under climate and/or land use change.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 13 - 15, 13 - 15, 17 - 18, 17 - 18
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 13 - 18

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Summative Assessments

Design Project: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
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Feedback

Feedback is provided within a week for the oral assessments. This feedback is from two markers and two peers (i.e. peer to peer feedback). Feedback on the written assessment is provided within three weeks of the deadline.

Learning Outcomes
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Oral Presentation: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Feedback is provided within a week for the oral assessments. This feedback is from two markers and two peers (i.e. peer to peer feedback). Feedback on the written assessment is provided within three weeks of the deadline.

Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed elements

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Learning Outcomes
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