Introduction to Ecology University of Tsukuba
Ecology is scientific study of interactions of organisms with one another (biotic environments), and with abiotic environments. As ever-increasing serious environmental issues at local to global scale, ecology is recognized as one of the fundamental science, because we have to learn and well-consider various relevant aspects on organisms and environments. This class will address fundamentals of ecology mainly focused on plants, insects, their relations, and its surrounding environments. Although I’ll try to talk students who have little background on ecology and biology, please don’t forget to make every effort to understand and to have flexibility to think for oneself.
1st:What is the Ecology?
2nd:Basic backgrounds: From the growth of individuals to community structure
3rd:Basic backgrounds: Biodiversity and stability of ecosystems
4th:Value of ecosystem service and effects of invasive species
5th:Our dilemma: Biological conservation or developments for human
6th: Principal environmental factors, Climate system and ecosystem layout
7th: A fatal connection: Energy budget, water cycle, vegetation and recent environmental problems in terrestrial ecosystem
8th: Tireless terrestrial ecosystem-Succession I: temporal changes and its rules
9th: Tireless terrestrial ecosystem-Succession II: Value of the old-growth forest
10th: Relationship between ecosystem structure and functioning
Ecology is the scientific study of interactions of organisms with one another and with the physico-chemical environment. As ever-increasing serious environmental problems at local to global scale, ecology is recognized as one of the fundamental sciences, because we have to learn and well-consider various relevant aspects on organisms and environments. Although we'll try to teach to students who have little background on ecology, please don’t forget to make every effort to understand and to have flexibility to think for oneself. We’ll introduce not only keystones on ecology, but also the latest hot-topics based on recent research.
We’ll evaluate short paper (the maximum length is 1 page on A4 size) on every class, and any activities such as Q&A, presentation, through this class.
Online Course Requirement
Hirota Mitsuru,Yokoi Tomoyuki
Lecture is conducted in English.
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