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Part IB Ecology

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.
  • Biodiversity.
  • Human impact on the environment.

Course Website: http://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/degree/ecology/index.html