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ECOLOGY

             
Compulsory/Elective Code Semester Lectures Practicals Credits ECTS
Compulsory 13B014 4th 6 Hrs/Wk 3 Hrs/Wk 8 10.5
Aims:
 
 

The aim of the course is to provide the students with the basic ecological knowledge needed so that they can then be introduced to more advanced topics following on later semesters. In addition, students are introduced to the basic methodological tools available for studying the structure and the function of ecological systems as well as biotic interactions at the level of populations.

Students after attending the course are expected to have developed skills for understanding the fundamentals of Ecology as well as the basic methods for studying ecological systems

 
Objectives:
 
 

At the end of the course students should: a) be able to acquire enhanced knowledge on ecological issues, b) be able to work in groups, c) be able to use their knowledge in solving simple ecological problems, d) be able to develop their judgment, their critical way of thinking for making decisions on ecological issues.

 
Lectures:
 
 

1. Introduction – 2. Environmental conditions - environmental resources - corresponding organisms to their environment – 3. Biogeochemical cycles – 4. Flow of energy and Productivity – 5. Climate and Biomes of the world Communities and Ecosystems, Changes in time and space – 6. Biogeography – 7. Patterns of species diversity Populations – 8. Populations interactions (competition, predation, mutualism) – 9. Evolutionary Ecology (differentiation within and between species) - Co-evolution – 10. Conservation Biology (Short reference to small populations, threatened species and populations) – 11. Basics of Applied Ecology

 
Practicals:
 
 

1. Plant community structure (stratification, life and growth forms, major  community parameters) – 2. Animal community structure - Soil invertebrates – 3. Animal community structure - bird species – 4. Structure of soil microflora – 5. Plant phenology (duration of 2 months) – 6. Structure of soil organic horizon - decomposers activity (2 months duration) – 7. Interspecific  competition of tree species – 8. Intraspecific competition of invertebrates – 9. Predation - simulation experiments – 10. Food selection and impact of population density upon food consumption

 
Instructors:
 
  Lectures: Margarita Arianoutsou - Farangitaki, Professor of Ecology (Coordinator) - Aristeidis Parmakelis, Associate Professor of Biodiversity and Population Ecology - Konstantinos Triantis, Assistant Professor of Ecosystems Biodiversity - Theophanis Constantinidis, Associate Professor of Systematic Botany - Zacharoula Gonou-Zagou, Assistant Professor of Fungal Systematics and Ecology.
 
  Practicals: Margarita Arianoutsou - Farangitaki, Professor of Ecology - Aristeidis Parmakelis, Associate Professor of Biodiversity and Population Ecology - Konstantinos Triantis, Assistant Professor of Ecosystems Biodiversity - Theophanis Constantinidis, Associate Professor of Systematic Botany - Zacharoula Gonou-Zagou, Assistant Professor of Fungal Systematics and Ecology - D. Kazanis,  Laboratory Teaching Staff - C. Radea,  Laboratory Teaching Staff - P. Andriopoulos,  Laboratory Teaching Staff - I. Louvrou, Laboratory Teaching Staff - I. Pyrri,  Laboratory Teaching Staff - I. Bazos, Laboratory Teaching Staff - I. Kokkoris, Technical Staff.
 
Notes:
 
  Students evaluation is performed in Greek. A final examination is organized covering all subjects taught and it consists of: a) written examination - questions of multiple choice, questions requiring short answers, questions requiring critical judgment (60%), b) written examination in the practicals (20%), c) group reports on each practical exercise (20%). A pass is required in both written examinations for a successful result.
 
Contact:
 
  If you require more information, please contact the Course Coordinator, Prof. Margarita Arianoutsou - Farangitaki, at: Tel +30 727 4352; e-mail: marianou[at]biol.uoa[dot]gr