Environmental Physiology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental Physiology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Environmental Science, Physiology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    54 200-level points from Science Schedule C

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Environment and reproduction; how invertebrates survive extreme environmental conditions; cell communication and stress physiology.

    Environmental physiology embraces many disciplines of animal physiology and the effect of environmental variables on animal functions. This paper focuses on the physiological and endocrine mechanisms that permit animals to survive in different environments. Topics covered include environmental influences on reproduction and growth; ways through which cells can communicate with one another; metamorphosis and stress; survival of extreme environmental stress (cold tolerance and anhydrobiosis); and parasite physiology. The paper draws examples from a wide variety of taxa to emphasise the principles that unify environmental and evolutionary physiology at all levels, from molecular to whole organism.

    Course Structure
    The course consists of a lecture and a laboratory component, including a group research project.
    Topics covered include:
    -Environmental influences on reproduction and growth
    -The physiology of stress
    -Extreme environments and parasite physiology

    Learning Outcomes
    An understanding of the adaptations that have evolved in animals that enable them to survive, grow and reproduce in a wide variety of environments

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