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Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Welcome to the course "Biological Diversity (Theories, Measures and Data sampling techniques)"

This module represents the course content and its author as well as contains the additional materials to the course...
Reading
2 videos (Total 4 min), 5 readings
Video2 videos
About the university2m
Reading5 readings
From the course author10m
About the course team10m
About the International Master's Degree in Biodiversity10m
Cited literature and further readings10m
Entering questionnaire10m
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Biodiversity and evolution

In this module we will explore the evolution of biodiversity. In particular we will understand what is the web of life and how species interact to coexist.Moreover, we will understand the main processes that allow the evolution of biodiversity and how it is structured and structures itself. Finally, we will review the distribution patterns of biodiversity in macroscale....
Reading
5 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
1.2. Species interactions and biodiversity6m
1.3. The evolution of biodiversity10m
1.4. The structure of biodiversity5m
1.5. The distribution of biodiversity in macroscale8m
Reading1 reading
Suggested readings – Module 110m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz – Module 110m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Importance of biodiversity and anthropogenic impacts

After having analysed the distribution of biodiversity in macroscale in the previous module we will see it in microscale. Then I will explain you the importance of biodiversity: first we will see what are the effect of anthropogenic impacts, and second we will see why biodiversity is important for us. We will try to answer the important question about what are the causes of biodiversity decline and we will analyse the effect of climate change on species diversity, ecosystems and the whole planet. With a global perspective we will explore the implication for biodiversity of the Gaia theory. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 50 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
2.2. Why biodiversity is important for us7m
2.3. What are the causes of biodiversity decline?10m
2.4. Climate change and biodiversity12m
2.5. Gaia and biodiversity8m
Reading1 reading
Suggested readings – Module 210m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz – Module 210m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Analyse and measure biodiversity

In this module we will move from a theoretical discussion to a more practical point of view and we will see hot to analyse and measure biodiversity. I will show you some sampling techniques and how to avoid the most common sampling errors. We will talk about the relevant problem of pseudoreplication. Then I will show you some metrics to estimate α and β –diversity and how to use them in particular cases and specific situations. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 56 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
3.2. Analyse and measure biodiversity – II part9m
3.3. Sampling Techniques10m
3.4. α-diversity16m
3.5. β-diversity13m
Reading1 reading
Suggested readings – Module 310m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz – Module 310m
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Species-abundance distributions and comparisons

In this module we will talk about the most common species-abundance distribution models and I will show you how to compare different communities and samples in order to achieve a quantitative and statistical measure of the changes in biological diversity due to treatments. I will explain some Evenness measures and how to represent them in form of curves of biodiversity. This will help to discriminate communities’ diversity and to better analyse the anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 42 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
4.2. Species abundance models12m
4.3. Curves of biodiversity5m
4.4. How to compare communities’ diversity6m
4.5. How to analyse the anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity9m
Reading1 reading
Suggested readings – Module 410m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz – Module 410m

Instructor

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Roberto Cazzolla Gatti

Ph.D., Associate Professor in Ecology and Biodiversity
Biological Diversity and Ecology Laboratory, Bio-Clim-Land Centre of Excellence, Biological Institute

About National Research Tomsk State University

National Research Tomsk State University is the largest classical university in the Asian part of Russia. For over 135 years TSU has been training the scientific and managerial elite, based on the integration of academic process and fundamental scientific research. It is a renowned center of education, science, innovations and attraction for creative talents, a generator of advanced ideas, and a paragon of adherence to the best traditions of Russian higher education. There are 23 departments and learning institutes, 1 University branch, Institute of Distance Education, Institute of Innovations in Education operating at TSU, and more than 17,000 students studying at the University, with 135 subject areas and specialties to choose from. TSU offers 136 Master’s programmes in 55 areas of academic studies and counting. The number of international students is constantly increasing, now with more than 1300 TSU students coming from countries such as the USA, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Italy, Poland, Mongolia, China, Vietnam, Korea, Columbia, Turkey and others....

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