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Language of instruction:
NL and/or EN
ZSS06200 Fieldwork Safety
GEN-20306 Molecular en Evolutionary Ecology; PEN-21803 Ecology of Communities, Ecosystems and Landscapes; REG-20306 Resource Ecology.
The Ecology course provides an introduction to and overview of the field of ecology, thereby creating a foundation for various advanced courses in the years to come. It builds on the material you learned in your pre-university/secondary school courses in biology.
In the course you will become conversant with the most important theories and principles of general ecology based on interesting examples from scientific research and the practice of nature management, agriculture and fisheries, land development and environmental policy. Ecological insights are essential for solving major problems concerning biodiversity, food production, global climate change and many other areas.
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 intensive tutorials under supervision of a lecturer. Field aspects of ecology are demonstrated in field practicals highlighting typical environmental and landscape characteristics and nature management of the Veluwezoom and Rhine valley near Wageningen. Participation in intensive tutorials and the field 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.
|BSW||Soil, Water, Atmosphere||BSc||6MO|
|BBN||Forest and Nature Conservation||BSc||1MO|
|BLP||Landscape Architecture and Planning||BSc||1MO|
|BIL||International Land and Water Management||BSc||1MO|