PEN-10503 Ecology I


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Field practical10
Course coordinator(s)dr. EH Poelman
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. JJA van Loon
dr. ir. LAJ Nagelkerke
ir. PAM van Zwieten
dr. EH Poelman
drs. CA Langeveld
prof. dr. TW Kuyper
prof. dr. NPR Anten
dr. MG Sterken
dr. RGM de Goede
dr. JF de Jong
JAG Riksen
prof. dr. ir. JE Kammenga
prof. dr. ir. D Kleijn
dr. EM Veenendaal
JC Douma
L van Sluijs
Examiner(s)dr. EH Poelman
dr. EM Veenendaal
prof. dr. ir. D Kleijn

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Continuation courses:

GEN-20306 Molecular en Evolutionary Ecology; PEN-21803 Ecology of Communities, Ecosystems and Landscapes; REG-20306 Resource Ecology.


In this introductory course the most relevant theories and principles of general ecology are studied. Examples from nature conservation, agriculture and fisheries, land use and environmental issues are used to illustrate the complex processes that concern ecology. We study adaptations of organisms to their environment, the ecology of populations and ecosystems as well as anthropogenic effects on the environment.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- describe the processes that determine species evolution and species interactions;
- demonstrate knowledge of the relationships between organisms and the environment and insight in the mechanisms that drive populations and ecosystems;
- identify the principle determinants of ecosystem functioning;
- apply simple mathematical models of population growth and interactions;
- apply methods of academic study of science subjects, such as the independent studying of a handbook, extraction of relevant questions, and problem solving.


Ecological principles are studied from a handbook supported by a course reader. Relevant chapters are introduced in oral lectures. Specific subjects are studied in study groups under supervision of a lecturer. Field aspects of ecology are demonstrated by field practicals highlighting typical environmental characteristics of the Veluwezoom and Rhine valley near Wageningen. Participation in study groups and practicals is obligatory.


Multiple choice electronic.


Begon, Howarth & Townsend (2014) Essentials of Ecology 4th. Ed., ISBN 978-0-470-90913-3. Course book Ecology I.

Compulsory for: BBIBiologyBSc1MO
BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc6MO
BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc1MO
BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc1MO
BILInternational Land and Water ManagementBSc1MO
BESEnvironmental SciencesBSc6MO
BPWPlant SciencesBSc6MO