ECOL 202

Biological Diversity

Course overview

A course that examines the importance of biodiversity to the natural world as well as people, including the role organisms play in functioning ecosystems.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
  • a minimum of 60 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • a minimum of 60 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • any level 100 course
  • any level 200 course
  • any level 300 course


  • restriction Biological Diversity , BIOS-211

Available semesters Semester 1 2024
Credits 15
Domestic fees $969.00

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Describe the importance of biological diversity to ecosystem function and human welfare.
  2. Define the relationship between biological diversity and conservation.
  3. Understand why some areas of the world have high biodiversity, and why others have a high degree of unique and native organisms species, and what this means for biodiversity conservation strategies.
  4. Accurately describe the scale of the current global biodiversity crisis.
  5. Identify common native and naturalised Aotearoa-New Zealand birds, invertebrates, mammals and plants.
  6. Monitor birds, invertebrates, mammals and plants.
  7. Use spreadsheets and web data systems to display and manage ecological data.
  8. Search, locate and summarise current scientific literature on a specific ecological problem.
  9. Write a scientific report.
  10. Appreciate the many economic, social and environmental advantages of sustaining wild biological diversity.
  11. Recognise the possible consequence of the biodiversity crisis for human civilisation.

Course examiners

Jon Sullivan

Dr Jon Sullivan

Senior Lecturer

Department of Pest Management and Conservation