Adaptation to changing environments

This ecology-oriented module examines behavioural, physiological and molecular mechanisms of adaptation to environmental stress. It examines animals’ mechanisms to respond to changes occurring on varying timescales and over diverse geographic areas.


  • BSc Biological Sciences


Year Three

20 Credits

Since its inception, life on earth has had to adapt to changing environmental conditions - this represents a driving force of evolution. This module examines how organisms detect and respond to changes in their environment, and reviews the different behavioural, physiological and molecular mechanisms underpinning environmental (stress) adaptation. Understanding these organism-environment interactions forms the very foundations of ecology.


Exam (70%), Coursework (30%)