Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1) To realize a first level of the laws governing the functioning of natural ecosystems.
2) To acquire the foundations for the development of understanding and assimilation capacity of the specialized subjects of Forestry Science.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Generalities, definitions. Auto-ecology (relations among living organisms and environmental factors). Population ecology (population concept, population characteristics, population regulation mechanisms). Synecology: Ecosystem definition, ecosystem structure and function analysis. Factors affecting ecosystem stability. Cycle of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), cycle of carbon (C), greenhouse effect. Biodiversity, levels (categories) of biodiversity, value of biodiversity and basic principles for its preservation or enhancement.