Coursebooks

Fundamentals in ecology

ENV-220

Lecturer(s) :

Battin Tom Ian
Grossiord Charlotte

Language:

English

Summary

The students will learn the fundamentals in ecology with the goal to perceive the environment beyond its physical and chemical characteristics. Starting from basic concepts, they will acquire mechanistic understanding of biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and global change.

Content

The content of the course will be structured along the following lines:

1. The nature of ecology

2. The physical and chemical environment

3. The organism and its environment

4. Population and community ecology

5. Metapopulation and metacommunity ecology

6. Biodiversity

7. Ecosystem ecology (decomposition, nutrient cycling, biogeochemistry)

8. Terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems

9. Global change

 

Keywords

ecology, ecosystems, theory and concepts, environment, populations, communities, biodiversity, global change

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

The students will follow lectures and depending on teh Covid-19 situation, they will do practical work, indluding experimental fieldwork and analyses in the laboratory. As a contingency plan, the field and laboratory work will be replaced by an initiation into R with practical examples from ecology.

Assessment methods

Lectures and course: 60%

Oral presentation and /or report on the practical part: 40%

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants Yes

Resources

Bibliography

 

Elements of Ecology, 9th Edition

Thomas M. Smith, University of Virginia

Robert Leo Smith, (Emeritus) West Virginia University

©2015 | Pearson

 

https://www.pearson.com/us/higher-education/product/Smith-Elements-of-Ecology-9th-Edition/9780321934185.html

 

Ressources en bibliothèque

In the programs

    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Written
    • Credits
      5
    • Subject examined
      Fundamentals in ecology
    • Lecture
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Project
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Passerelle HES - SIE, 2020-2021, Spring semester
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Written
    • Credits
      5
    • Subject examined
      Fundamentals in ecology
    • Lecture
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Project
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German