To understand the fundamental concepts in the scope of Ecosystem Dynamics, evaluation, monitoring and rectification of environmental quality, such as environmental stress, ecological integrity, bioindicators, adaptation and evolution. To apply these concepts in the evaluation of the great and actual environmental issues with a focus in their multifaceted perspective, in biological, environmental and anthropological terms. To employ and to apply the knowledge acquired in environment issues domain, namely by the construction of small dynamic models able to describe simple situations, involving ecological processes.
- 6th semester | 5 ECTS | 22,5 theory contact hours | 30 practical contact hours
- Syllabus: The concept of Ecosystem Ecological Integrity and the respective context. The concept of Environmental Stress. The operational concept of Ecosystem. Considerations of scale and hierarchy. The notions of Community and Population in the Ecosystem Dynamics study. Indicators and monitoring for ecosystem integrity. Bioindicators of the quality of water, soil and air. Extreme environments and adaptation. Genetic variation and environmental stress. Environmental stress, selection, evolution and extinction. Air pollution. Toxic elements. Acidification. Forest decline. Eutrophication. Pesticides. Species richness. Fundamentals of Ecological Modelling. Basic concepts of modelling. Submodels in ecological models. Conceptual models. Modelling population dynamics. Biogeochemical models. Application of ecological models in environmental management.
- Teaching/learning methodology: The formation, in Theoretical and Practical lectures, is compatible with the method undertaken by conventional ecological science. When applied to contexts relating to eco-environmental management, the formation emphasized the relevance of the Applied Ecology component. In such applications of the concepts, the formation allowed the basic rules for ecological management, namely in terms of the main requirements and speed of reliable assessment results. In contexts relating to environmental education and communication, the formation about ecological monitoring and management activities are versatile and sufficiently intuitive to be easily communicated to non-experts.