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Hours to complete

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 7 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks, 2-3 hours...
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

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Reading
2 videos (Total 6 min), 5 readings
Video2 videos
About the course3m
Reading5 readings
About the course team10m
About the International Master's Degree in Biodiversity10m
Recommended literature for the course10m
Entering questionnaire10m
Let's mark ourselves on the map10m
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Module 1. The Scope of Ecology

In this module, after an introduction about the meaning and a brief history of Ecology, we will see how plant and animal adapt and interact with their environment and how these interactions changes life histories and populations. Then we will focus on interspecific competition and we will understand that the avoidance of competition is a more common pattern in ecology than pure competition....
Reading
5 videos (Total 33 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
1.2 Plant and animal adaptations and interactions with the environment6m
1.3 Environmental conditions and Earth’s biomes6m
1.4 Life histories and populations5m
1.5 Interspecific competition and the avoidance of competition5m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz – Module 120m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Module 2. The Ecosystem

In this module, we will talk about agonistic and foraging interactions between species (such as predation, herbivory and parasitism) and mutualistic interactions (such as symbiosis, commensalism, endosymbiosis, etc.). Then we will see how these interactions influence the evolutionary ecology of species and their diversity. In the last lesson of this module we will analyse the energy flux and biogeochemical cycles that keep alive Earth’s ecosystems and the whole biosphere (e.g. Gaia)....
Reading
5 videos (Total 27 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
2.2 Mutualistic interactions5m
2.3 Evolutionary ecology5m
2.4 The ecology of biological diversity6m
2.5 Energy flux and biogeochemical cycles4m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz – Module 220m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Module 3. Energy in Ecological Systems

In this module, we will discuss some fundamental ecological processes, such as those must be present in any Gaian planet. We will consider the Gaian effects of parasites and predators, biodiversity and hypercycles and we will see how these processes regulates our planet. Finally, we will consider the global ecological role of biomass, photosynthesis and carbon sequestration....
Reading
5 videos (Total 30 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
3.2 Parasites, predators and Gaian effects4m
3.3 Biodiversity, hypercycles and Gaia6m
3.4 Regulating ecological processes5m
3.5 Biomass, photosynthesis and carbon sequestration8m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz – Module 320m
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Module 4. Population Ecology and Evolution

In this final module, we will explore the possibility of a new ecology by exploring the concept of sustainability, evaluating the human impacts on ecosystems and providing some solutions for nature conservation. Finally, we will see how to organise a citizen science event, called Bio-blitz, which can improve the scientific knowledge of our planet and, at the same time, rise the ecological awareness of citizens....
Reading
5 videos (Total 34 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
4.2 Sustainability5m
4.3 Human impacts on ecosystems6m
4.4 Conservation biology6m
4.5 You as an ecologist!9m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz – Module 420m

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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