PEN-10503 Ecology I


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Field practical10
Course coordinator(s)dr. EM Veenendaal
dr. EH Poelman
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. JJA van Loon
dr. ir. LAJ Nagelkerke
JAG Riksen
JP van der Sleen
ir. PAM van Zwieten
dr. EH Poelman
drs. CA Langeveld
L van Sluijs
ir. JN van Laar
prof. dr. NPR Anten
dr. JF de Jong
dr. MG Sterken
dr. M de Jong
dr. EM Veenendaal
JC Douma
dr. M Kos
Examiner(s)dr. EM Veenendaal
prof. dr. ir. D Kleijn
dr. EH Poelman

Language of instruction:

NL and/or EN

Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06200 Fieldwork Safety

Continuation courses:

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.

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 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.

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