Biological Rhythms 2011


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Circadian Rhythms: Keeping Time

The Seminar Paper and Questions

  Circadian Rhythms Seminar Paper

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Circadian Rhythms Pre-Seminar Discussion Paper

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The Challenge Questions

   Circadian Rhythms Challenge Questions
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Useful Resources for this Seminar

Circadian Rhythms


Teenagers and Sleep

Biological Clocks

Scientific Papers available online

Connections between Circadian Rhythms and previous LENScience seminars

Links to your school programme

This seminar links to the following NCEA Level 3 Achievement Standards:

  • AS 90716 Describe animal behaviour and plant responses in relation to environmental factors
  • AS 90715 Describe the role of DNA in relation to gene expression
  • AS 90718 Describe applications of biotechnological techniques

A list of objectives from your Year 13 programme that link into the seminar can be found on page 2 of the Pre-Seminar Questions and Discussion.

About the Presenters

Guy Warman | Michal Denny

Chronobiology Research at The University of Auckland

Dr Guy Warman leads the Chronobiology Research Group at The University of Auckland. A range of chronobiology research is conducted at the university with interdisciplinary projects between the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences. Projects include molecular and behavioural chronobiology in both animals and plants, and applied research on human chronobiology and chronopharmacology.

Chronobiology is taught at the undergraduate (Animal Behaviour BIOSCI337) and post-graduate level. 

For more information on some of the current research projects see Chronobiology Research - Projects