Population Ecology

Year
1
Academic year
2019-2020
Code
02001652
Subject Area
Ecology
Language of Instruction
Portuguese
Other Languages of Instruction
English
Mode of Delivery
Face-to-face
Duration
SEMESTRIAL
ECTS Credits
6.0
Type
Elective
Level
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

Biostatistics; Ecology; English.

Teaching Methods

Intensive course with 2 weks duration. Lectures: theoretical, theoretical and practical;  Field work; Students autonomous group work.

Learning Outcomes

After attending the course, the sudents will have acquired specific skills regarding the main factors that affect population ecology. It will be highlighted the main features and variations of distribution, abundance, growth and population dynamics. A special focus will be given to the effect of human activities on the population dynamics of abundant species.

Work Placement(s)

No

Syllabus

The distribution and abundances of populations focusing on their limits and patterns. Population dynamics addressing patterns of survival, dispersion rates, variation and structure; Populational growth focusing on geometric, exponential and logistic, limits and intrinsic growth rates; Interaction among species, focusing on predation, competition and symbiosis; The concept of ecological niche; Population dynamics as indicator of the effect of pollutants

Assessment Methods

Assessment
Laboratory work or Field work: 10.0%
Report of a seminar or field trip: 10.0%
Project: 20.0%
Exam: 60.0%

Bibliography

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Brey T (2013). Virtual Handbook on Population Dynamics .01.2. http://www.thomas-brey.de/science/virtualhandbook/navlog/index.html

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Dolbeth M, et al. (2012). Secondary production as a tool for better understanding of aquatic ecosystems. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 69 (7): 1230-1253.

Molles Jr, M. C., 1999. Ecology. Concepts and applications. McGraw-Hill, Dubuque IA, 509p.

Nyitrai D, et al. (2012). Trends in estuarine fish assemblages facing different environmental conditions: combining diversity with functional attributes). Aquatic Ecology 46 (2): 201-214.

Primo AL, et al. (2013). Colonization and nursery habitat use patterns of larval and juvenile flatfish species in a small temperate estuary. Journal of Sea Research 76: 126-134.