Lecturer, 1st Year, Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution. (Undergraduate)
Lecturer, 3rd Year, Biodiversity and Conservation. (Undergraduate)
Lecturer, 3rd year, Evolutionary Biology. (Undergraduate)
Organiser, MRes Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Research. (Postgraduate)
Lecturer, MSc Advanced Methods in Taxonomy & Biodiversity. (Postgraduate)
Organiser, MSc Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. (Postgraduate)
Lecturer, MSc Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. (Postgraduate)
Ecology and Evolution - LS1-EE
- To understand the processes by which the diversity of life on earth has arisen and is maintained
- To recognize the different processes underpinning evolutionary change, including genetic mutation, drift, and natural selection.
- To explore how the planet’s biological diversity is organized by ecological processes into ecosystems, communities, and populations, and to appreciate the interactions that bind and define these.
- To understand the roles of observation, experimentation, and theory in building our knowledge base about the natural world.
The Microbiome - LS-TM
|Microbes are vital but understudied components of all ecosystems. Recent extraordinary advances in microbial ecology, fuelled by new sequencing technologies, have resulted in a rapidly expanding field that has implications for a deeper understanding of the natural world. Microbiome research also offers enormous potential for applications to a wide range of industries, including health, agriculture, and industrial processes. The course will summarise the key microbial groups, and describe the ecological and evolutionary ideas that underlie our understanding of microbial communities.|
Evolutionary Biology - LS3-EB
To provide an overview of selected topics in Evolutionary Biology, focusing on Natural Selection and Evolutionary Genetics. The course does not cover Earth History, including the fossil record.
Biodiversity and Conservation Biology - LS3-BCB
The first half of the course will provide an overview of what biodiversity is and how large-scale patterns in biodiversity have arisen, mainly from an evolutionary perspective. This part of the course will be taught through a mixture of lectures and computer-based practicals involving simulation and statistical analysis; these practicals use R, and provide a refresher that should be of use prior to that start of Honours projects. The second half looks at how biological knowledge and theory can be used to help conserve biodiversity in the face of human activities. This half of the course includes detailed examination of several currently active research areas and with case studies from a range of taxa and habitats, permitting assessment of theory’s usefulness to conservation.