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Unit ECOLOGY II

Course
Biological sciences
Study-unit Code
55998106
Curriculum
In all curricula
Teacher
Gianandrea La Porta
CFU
6
Course Regulation
Coorte 2016
Offered
2018/19
Learning activities
Affine/integrativa
Area
Attività formative affini o integrative
Sector
BIO/07
Type of study-unit
Opzionale (Optional)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Italian
Contents
The course is planned as an insight of the Ecology I course. It is divided into three parts: evolutionary ecology, ecosystems and biodiversity, and ecological networks. The course comprises a practical part focused on the analysis of environmental and ecological data
Reference texts
Smith T & Smith R, 2013. Elements of Ecology, Pearson Editore

Battisti C, 2004. Frammentazione ambientale connettività reti ecologiche, Provincia di Roma

QGIS User manual (qgis.org)
Educational objectives
Aims:
- knowledge acquisition of scientific basis of ecology for the comprehension of the relationships between species and environment

- skill acquisition in the environmental analysis and inference on the species suitability

- communication skills in scientific contexts
Prerequisites
Basic concepts of ecology are important for a better comprehension of the course topics.
Teaching methods
The course will be taught with oral frontal lessons. Practical activities and computer simulations will be also implemented.
Other information
Attendance: Facultative, but advised
Learning verification modality
Oral exam, integrated with the results of students' seminars on topics regarding the teaching course.
Extended program
Part I. Evolutionary ecology: natural selection and ecological adaptation. Group selection hypothesis. Speciation. Optimization theory. Coevolution and Mimicry.

Part II. Terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems: biodiversity and its conservation. Quantitative aspects of biodiversity. Factors affecting Biodiversity. Ecosystem services.

Part III. Ecological networks. Habitat fragmentation and connectivity. Network properties and its functional and structural elements. Concept and scales of definition. Geographical information systems.
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