To develop an appreciation for biodiversity and the role of wildlife species.
To develop an understanding of fundamental principles that govern wildlife biology.
To identify the most common wildlife species (mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians) of Greece.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Characteristics and taxonomy of wildlife species. Ecological concepts, energy flow, food relationships and webs. The value of wildlife. Spatial and temporal variation of communities. Characteristics, availability and management principles of wildlife habitats. Dispersion, dispersal, daily and seasonal movements and migration of wildlife species. Home-range size and features. Breeding strategies and reproductive rates. Mortality patterns and causes. Density-dependent and density independent mortality and reproduction.
Laboratory exercises in the morphology, systematics, biology and species identification of the main terrestrial vertebrates (mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians) of Greece.
reproduction, mortality, movements, habitat, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians