COevolutionary interactions

Coevolutionary Interactions is an 11 week module comprised of lectures and group discussion seminars taught to 3rd year undergraduates. 

The aim is to explore the evolution and ecology of species interactions (such as host-parasite, plant-pollinator, predator-prey, and mutualistic) in order to understand how coevolution affects trait evolution and structures both biological diversity and ecosystem function.

Students work in groups to research and lead discussion on a different topic each week. The final project involves a poster presentation on the evidence of coevolution from a species interaction of their choice.

Galapagos FIELD COURSE

Our two week field course in the Galapagos explores the ecology, behaviour, evolution, and conservation of the unique endemic species inhabiting this tropical archipelago.

Students gain insight into these topics through a series of activities (deep-sea snorkelling, botanical hikes in the highlands, mist-netting of endemic birds, molecular lab work, a visit to a tortoise breeding facility and more) and through lectures and seminars delivered by local researchers. 

Building on these experiences the students devise and carry out group research projects, gathering data on a topic of their choice before presenting their findings as a poster presentation.