The course gives an overview of ongoing ecological research and constitutes a basis for studies for second-cycle studies and work within fields requiring knowledge in ecologyranging from research in evolutionary ecology to practical work in nature conservation.
After completing the course, the student should be able to
account for behavioural-ecological theories of sexual selection, foraging, altruism, cooperation, signalling and communication
demonstrate understanding of plant and animal life histories
quantify and interpret diversity patterns
account for theories of population dynamics, interspecific competition and trophic interactions in food webs
carry out simple computer simulations of population dynamics
plan, carry out and statistically evaluate an ecological study and present the results orally and in writing
critically review and discuss primary scientific texts in Ecology.
In the course, an introduction to Master's studies is included. After passing this module, the student should be able to
demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development, including questions of plagiarism
demonstrate insight into the potential and limitations of biology and its role in society
demonstrate an ability to identify his/her need of further knowledge.
Behavioural ecology including the connection between ecology, evolutionary theory, sexual selection and foraging, mating systems, kinship, altruism, cooperation and group living, adaptations to biological enemies, the evolution of signals and communication and basic life history. Ecology and evolution of plant life histories, covering seed germination and dispersal as well as pollination ecology and an introduction to plant demography. Quantification and interpreation of diversity patterns. Models for population growth and population regulation as well as for interspecific competition and trophic interactions (e.g. Lotka-Volterra models, harvesting models), and food web theory.
The course comprises a field course and a theory part that consists oflectures, computer simulations, calculation exercisesand seminars . . The course includes integrated communication training with feedback and self-assessment.
Modules: Theory 10 credits; Field course 3 credits; Introduction to Master's studies 2 credits, alternatively a literature project 2 credits.
The theory part is examined through a written examination and requires active participation in seminarsand exercises. The field course is presented both in writing (project report) and orally. For the introduction to Master's studies, active participation in seminars, written report and fulfiled study planning are required, alternatively a literature project that requires a written report.
The course can not at the same time be included with 1BG200 Ecology.