APS 342 Evolutionary Ecology

Level 3
Semester 1B
Credits 10
Teaching Staff  Professor Rob Freckleton, Dr Dylan Childs, Dr Gavin Thomas
Co-ordinator Dr Gavin Thomas


This unit aims to give the student an overview of the patterns of life history variation seen in nature, and an understanding of the main theories/ideas used to explain them. They will also gain an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches used to the study evolutionary ecology. Simple models will be used to illustrate ideas throughout the course.


By the end of the unit, the student will be able to:
• critically assess the main methods used in evolutionary ecology and the relationships between them,
• understand why different methods are appropriate for different problems,
• discuss the main theories/ideas underlying a range of life history phenomena,
• critically evaluate the current understanding of a range of life history phenomena.

Delivery Method: 15 Lectures

Assessment Method: Coursework

Assessment Weighitng: 100% Coursework

TurnItIn Submission: None

Feedback: Students can receive feedback on performance in examinations by arranging a meeting with their personal tutor after mid-March 2013.

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