Biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and the provisioning of goods and services under global change
Semester Course: 2nd
Credits: 6 ECTS
Lecturers:M. Teresa Sebastià
Web Site: http://ecofun.ctfc.cat
- To have an overview of the diversity of life.
- To understand the concept of biodiversity and its role in nature.
- To learn the main factors determining patterns of biodiversity, with special emphasis in the Mediterranean.
- To learn the multiple functions of biodiversity and the importance for humans.
- To discuss the socioeconomic and the ecological aspects of biodiversity, particularly in the Mediterranean.
- To master the main models developed in the diversity-function framework.
- To understand the variety of temporal and spatial scales associated with biodiversity and ecosystem function.
- To learn the risks associated to global change and biodiversity loss.
- Programme topics:
- The diversity of life
- Biodiversity: from genes to biomes
- Patterns of biodiversity in the Mediterranean: causes and consequences
- Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (BEF)
- Ecosystem goods and services. The Mediterranean case
- Relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and the provisioning of goods and services
- Socioeconomic and ecological perspectives of ecosystem goods and services
- Productivity and other biogeochemical services
- Spatial and temporal scales of biodiversity and BEF
- Models for assessing BEF. The diversity-interaction model
- Biotic and abiotic risks for biodiversity and BEF under global change
- Practical example of BEF assessment in the field
Course requirements include the presentation of exercises (30%), a project (50%) and a final exam (20%). The course includes some lectures, exercise sessions, paper reading and hands-on training