Faculty of Science

Ecology and Biodiversity

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 academic year unless otherwise specified.

This subject is taught by the School of Biological Sciences.


At Victoria's School of Biological Sciences, you'll learn about the huge diversity of plants, animals, and micro-organisms that inhabit the Earth. After a broad introduction, the major in Ecology and Biodiversity focuses on areas of plant, animal, and ecosystem diversity and function.

Topics include physical and biological processes in ecology, genetics and molecular biology, statistics, plant ecology and conservation, animal ecology and behaviour, and evolution. You'll find it helpful to have some elementary knowledge of Biology and Statistics.

Wellington offers access to some unique centres of native biodiversity including Otari-Wilton's Bush, Kapiti Island Nature Reserve and Zealandia, the urban wildlife sanctuary in Karori. Current research interests include tuatara evolution and conservation, insect invasions, and sex in plants.

For a career that has anything to do with the understanding and management of living things and their interactions with people, a Bachelor of Science (BSc) major in Ecology and Biodiversity is ideal.

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Undergraduate information

Ecology and biodiversity major requirements

  1. BIOL 111, 113, 114, STAT 193
  2. BIOL 222, 227, 228, 241
  3. BIOL 329; 40 further points from (BIOL 325, 327, 328)

Postgraduate information

Information about postgraduate study in Ecology and Biodiversity can be found on the School of Biological Sciences website.

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How to find out more

You can order more information on this subject by registering on our Request for Study Material database.

Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Science Faculty Office for information on Admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites and your Application to Study.

Biological Sciences courses are taught within the School of Biological Sciences. The School office is located on Level 5, New Kirk Building, Kelburn campus.

Associate Professor Ken Ryan
Programme Director Ecology and Biodiversity
Phone: 04 463 6083

Mary Murray
Phone: 04 463 5339
Email: biosci@vuw.ac.nz

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