DEPARTMENT OF EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
NATURAL SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGIES
2nd semester (02/03/2020 - 12/06/2020)
36 lesson hours
Basic knowledge of Ecology is required,in particular on the following topics: structure and dynamics of populations and communities, biotic indices (diversity and similarity).
At the end of the course, the student is supposed to be able to conduct an experimental work in ecology, comprising its filed or lab activities, and the representation and interpretation of results.
Design of experiments; techniques of ecological sampling and experiments; laboratory analyses; basics of taxonomic identification; graphical representation of results and ecological interpretation.
The contents of this course specifically address the following Goals of the 2030 UN Agenda for a Sustainable Development:
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
The course is composed by a few theorical lectures, to introduce the specific topics, then field surveys, laboratory analysis of the collected samples (biometric and taxonomic analyses), and finally analysis on the collected data on spreadsheets. The students will then be able to make some practical experiences to test basic concepts learned at the ecology course.
Reccomended or required readings
Smith, T.M., & Smith, R.L. Elementi di ecologia. Nona edizione, a cura di Anna Occhipinti Amrogi e Agnese Marchini. Pearson.
Galassi S., Ferrari I., Viaroli P. (2014). Introduzione all'Ecologia Applicata. Città Studi Edizioni.
(The suggested books are just intended for consultation; further material will be provided on the platform KIRO).
At the end of the course, the student is expected to deliever a presentation dealing with one of the topics studied in the course.
The presentation will be evaluated by:
1) correctness of information and logical organization of contents;
2) appropriate scientific language;
3) quality of presentation.
Attendance to the course is mandatory.
Sustainable development goals - Agenda 2030