Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. have an advanced scientific knowledge of Ecology.
2. understand general ecological issues.
3. obtain the necessary background for environmental issues.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Evolution of species. Interspecific competition. Predation. Factors influencing community structure. Pest control. Limits of geographical distribution of organisms. Alien species. Patterns of species richness. Island biogeography. Biodiversity. Effect of extreme climatic conditions on terrestrial ecosystems. Climate and phytogenetic resources.
Ecology, Ecosystem, Population, Community, Energy, Productivity, Biochemical cycle.
Additional bibliography for study
Press M.C., Scholes J.D. and Barker M.G. 1998. Physiological Plant Ecology. British Ecological Society.
Krebs C.J. 2001. Ecology: The Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance, 5th Edition. Benjamin Cummings.
Schulze E.D., Beck E., and Muller-Hohenstein K. 2002. Plant Ecology. Springer.
Pugnaire F.I., Valladares F. (Eds.) 2007. Functional Plant Ecology 2nd Edn. CRC press.
Craine J.M. 2009. Resource Strategies of Wild Plants. Princeton Univwersity Press.
Ritchie M.E. 2010. Scale, Heterogeneity, and the Structure and Diversity of Ecological Communities. Princeton Press.
Schmitz O.J. 2010. Resolving Ecosystem Complexity. Princeton Press.
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