Functions of ecosystems. Energy flows. Regulation of communities. Structure and function of trophic networks. Organisms, populations, and processes in Mediterranean landscapes.
Advanced skills in multidisciplinary environmental research.
Modelling in conservation and environmental management.
Competencies and learning outcomes
- Understand the function, structure, and dynamics of ecosystems, both terrestrial and marine, and territories that are traditionally manipulated to exploit their resources.
- Understand and value diversity in all the senses of living things, not only referring to other organisms, but also in social and cultural diversity.
- Be capable of designing and developing sustainable strategies for Mediterranean ecosystem management in both protected natural areas as well as areas of human influence.
- Assess global change, analyzing the speed of the processes and changes caused by human activity within the territory.
- Manage in practice, in order to solve environmental problems, the technology and methods that currently range from genomic and proteomic analysis in organisms all the way to remote sensing technologies.
- Develop the capacity for multidisciplinary teamwork that adds specialists from diverse competence areas of the environment.
- Be capable of resolving environmental problems related with business and governmental activities.
- Oral and written communication skills in English.
- Skills related with computing tools and information and communication technologies, as well as accessing online databases, such as scientific literature, patent databases, and legislation.
- Oral and written communication skills in Spanish. Capacity to produce and defend projects in the field of scientific research.
- Interpret the interrelationships between environmental factors and ecological processes of the Mediterranean Sea, and their importance for the conservation and management of biodiversity and marine resources.
- Apply methods to quantify key environmental, biotic, and systemic descriptors of any type of Mediterranean terrestrial ecosystem.
- Identify the basic functional processes of a Mediterranean terrestrial ecosystem and the risk to it from degradation and collapse.
- Understand the importance and applications of interactions between organisms from Mediterranean environments.
- Understand the implications of the historical process of human colonization on ecosystems, its effects, and the transformation of the current landscape.
- Understand the geomorphologic processes that have shaped the Mediterranean basin throughout its history and its future prospects.
- Assess the cultural needs and necessary agricultural practices on farms within the Mediterranean environment.
- Be capable of analyzing the fertility and use capacity of soils and designing conservation practices therein.
- Be capable of characterizing the climate and analyzing the problems of water availability in ecosystems.
- Use, manage, and produce digital cartographic bases for obtaining environmental information from images deriving from remote sensing.
- Develop models for structured populations and apply them to predict their evolution in various scenarios.
- Model time series of marine resource abundance.
Objectives (Learning outcomes)
- Provide students with analytical and research tools to analyse the factors related to ecosystem functioning.
- Analyze the structure and regulation of ecological communities
- Discuss the role of organisms as links between biotic and abiotic processes
- Stable isotopes as ecological signatures of ecological processes
- Develop projects of bacic and applied ecology
- Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro
- MATLAB 6.5 R13
- Microsoft Office 2007
- R 2.2.1 STATISTICAL DATA ANÁLISIS
Methodology and grading
- Case studies: Learning through the analysis of actual or simulated cases in order to interpret and resolve them by employing various alternative solution procedures.
- Cooperative learning: Develop active learning through cooperative working strategies among students and promote shared responsibility to reach group goals.
- Lecture: Pass on knowledge and activate cognitive processes in students, encouraging their participation.
- Problem-based learning: Develop active learning strategies through problem solving that promote thinking, experimentation, and decision making in the student.
- Project-based learning: Realization of a project to solve a problem, applying acquired learning and promoting abilities related to planning, design, performing activities, and reaching conclusions.
- Solving exercises and problems: Exercise, test, and apply previous knowledge through routine repetition.
- Evaluation of theoretical concepts (50%)
Scientific research (50%)