COMMUNITY ECOLOGY

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COMMUNITY ECOLOGY
Teaching
COMMUNITY ECOLOGY
Subject area
BIO/07
Degree course
COASTAL AND MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY
Course type
Laurea Magistrale
Credits
6.0
Teaching hours
Ore Attività frontale: 60.0
Academic year
2017/2018
Year taught
2017/2018
Course year
1
Language
INGLESE
Subject matter
PERCORSO COMUNE
Professor
MANCINELLI GIORGIO
Location
Lecce

Course description

Knowledge of basic ecological concepts provided in undergraduate ecology courses

The course presents a detailed analysis of fundamental theories in community ecology in relation to the general historical context of the evolution of the ecological discipline, from Charles Elton to the present day; subsequently, it addresses specific conceptual and methodological issues focused on: i) macroecology and community assembly, ii) diversity-function relationships, iii) top-down and bottom-up controls on community organization, iv) food webs. Laboratory activities focus on the formalization and analysis of ecological data using advanced statistical methods and dedicated freeware packages (R)

To highlight and bring to students in a clear and contextualized way the most updated and discussed conceptual issues in community ecology, and at the same time provide the necessary statistical and methodological tools to analyze the structure and dynamics of natural communities

Lectures – Slides available online in pdf format - Reading of seminal papers in community ecology followed by discussion (student talks) - Group activities (working groups) analyzing specific topics related with the course - Supervised practical activities conducted in the computer lab using previously prepared material made available on-line

Final exam consisting in i) a written review focusing on the publications read during the course and ii) written test with multiple choice questions.

Morin - Community Ecology
Gotelli - Null Models in Ecology
Polis & Winemiller - Food Webs
Bolker - Ecological Models and Data in R

Semester
Secondo Semestre (dal 12/03/2018 al 08/06/2018)

Exam type
Obbligatorio

Type of assessment
Orale - Voto Finale

Course timetable
https://easyroom.unisalento.it/Orario

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