This course is devoted to the quantification of the dynamics of marine communities. Marine communities are composed of several interacting populations and are shape by adaptive dynamics. To understand their dynamics is a fundamental steps in understanding Future Seas biodiversity changes
Numerical methods for marine science
Role of communities in the functioning of coastal ecosystem
Effects of environmental factors (abiotic, biotic) on community evolution
Acclimation and adaptation processes of populations
Consequences of populations' adaptation on the ecosystem functioning
Spatio temporal succession in coastal communities
Basic Numerical Methods, Basic Taxonomy, Basic skills in biological Oceanography
Learning how to observe and experiment on Marine Community
Learning how to characterize them, as well as the adaptive landscape that shape them (constraints and adaptation to their changing environment).
Learning how to analyse and model species assemblages and community dynamics, including metacommunity.
Methods to sample and study Marine Communities
Methods to study and characterize their selective value
Methods to simulate Marine Community Dynamics.
Rickleffs, R.E., Schluter, D., 1994. Species Diversity in Ecological Communities. Chicago U.P.
50% Written Exam
50% Practical Assignment Evaluation