Animal Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour
Life Sciences (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
05 September 2019
Requisites for this module
BSC C100 Biological Sciences,
BSC C101 Biological Sciences (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C102 Biological Sciences (Including Placement Year),
BSC CD00 Biological Sciences (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C400 Genetics,
BSC C402 Genetics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C403 Genetics (Including Placement Year),
BSC CK00 Genetics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C161 Marine Biology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C164 Marine Biology,
BSC CC60 Marine Biology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC CC64 Marine Biology (Including Placement Year),
MMB C160 Marine Biology,
BSC C410 Genetics and Genomics,
BSC C411 Genetics and Genomics (Including Placement Year),
BSC C412 Genetics and Genomics (Including Year Abroad)
We will discover the diversity of animal forms and functions and the role of natural selection in determining individual behaviour such as foraging, breeding and predator escape. We will explore how variation in the behaviour of interacting individuals leads to population level ecological dynamics. Every population scale interaction that we witness in nature, competition between native and invasive species or responses of mobile insects to climate change for example, is underpinned by evolution of behaviour (e.g. timing of migration) and life history (e.g. investment in growth vs reproduction). It is this realisation that nothing in ecology and evolution makes sense except in light of each other, which forms the "newest synthesis" that we shall explore together in this module.
The aim of this module is to discover the diversity of animal forms and functions and the role of natural selection in determining individual behaviour such as foraging, breeding and predator escape. We will aim to explore how variation in the behaviour of interacting individuals leads to population level ecological dynamics.
To pass this module, students will need to be able to:
1. The diversity of animal life and evolution;
2. Populations and animal population interactions;
3. The study of animal behaviour, how behaviour evolves and its effects of individual fitness and population growth;
4. The basis of ecology and its relevance to finding solutions to environmental problems;
5. Fundamental ecological concepts underpinning animal population growth, life histories, demography and evolution.
6. Knowledge of the tight coupling between ecology, behaviour and evolution;
7. Skills in collecting, presenting analysing and interpreting biological data.
No additional information available.
Lectures (24 x 1 hour lectures), 1 revision class before MCQ and 1 revision class before summer exam. Three x 3-4 hour practicals. Further Directed Learning (i.e. self study directions)
- Campbell, Neil A. (c2018) Biology: a global approach, New York: Pearson.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Practical 1 (EVS)
||50 minutes during January (Multiple Choice)
||60 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Tom Cameron, Dr Toni Marco
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)
Prof Anne Borland
Available via Moodle
Of 134 hours, 26 (19.4%) hours available to students:
108 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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