The course introduces a variety of approaches to the study of the relationship between plants, animals and the environment. The course examines:
- Global patterns of productivity, and the structure and operation of some aquatic and terrestrial communities.
- Evolutionary ecology: including optimal foraging theory, interactions between predator and prey, and the comparative ecology of mammals, with special reference to breeding systems.
- Ecological genetics: spread of genes through populations and the role of natural selection in predator-prey relationships, polymorphism and mimicry.
- Ecological dynamics: populations, communities and ecosystems.
- Human impact on the environment.
Course Website: http://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/degree/ecology/index.html