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This course presents the principles of evolution and ecology for citizens and students interested in studying biology and environmental sciences. It discusses major ideas and results. Recent advances have energised these fields with evidence that has implications beyond their boundaries: ideas, mechanisms, and processes that should form part of the toolkit of all biologists and educated citizens. Major topics covered by the course include fundamental principles of ecology, how organisms interact with each other and their environment, evolutionary processes, population dynamics, communities, energy flow and ecosystems, human influences on ecosystems, and the integration and scaling of ecological processes through systems ecology. This course will also review major ecological concepts, identify the techniques used by ecologists, provide an overview of local and global environmental issues, and examine individual, group and governmental activities important for protecting natural ecosystems. The course has been designed to provide information, to direct the student toward pertinent literature, to identify problems and issues, to utilise research methodology for the study of ecology and evolution, and to consider appropriate solutions and analytical techniques. Needed Learner Background: general biology and a good understanding of English. This course has the following expectations and results: 1) covers the theoretical and practical issues involved in ecology and evolution, 2) conducting surveys and inventories in ecology, 3) analyzing the information gathered, 4) and applying their analysis to ecological and conservation problems....
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Welcome to the Course

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Reading
2 vidéos (Total 6 min), 5 lectures
Video2 vidéos
About the course3 min
Reading5 lectures
About the course team10 min
About the International Master's Degree in Biodiversity10 min
Recommended literature for the course10 min
Entering questionnaire10 min
Let's mark ourselves on the map10 min
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Module 1. The Scope of Ecology

In this module, after an introduction about the meaning and a brief history of Ecology, we will see how plant and animal adapt and interact with their environment and how these interactions changes life histories and populations. Then we will focus on interspecific competition and we will understand that the avoidance of competition is a more common pattern in ecology than pure competition....
Reading
5 vidéos (Total 33 min), 1 quiz
Video5 vidéos
1.2 Plant and animal adaptations and interactions with the environment6 min
1.3 Environmental conditions and Earth’s biomes6 min
1.4 Life histories and populations5 min
1.5 Interspecific competition and the avoidance of competition5 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Quiz – Module 120 min

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Module 2. The Ecosystem

In this module, we will talk about agonistic and foraging interactions between species (such as predation, herbivory and parasitism) and mutualistic interactions (such as symbiosis, commensalism, endosymbiosis, etc.). Then we will see how these interactions influence the evolutionary ecology of species and their diversity. In the last lesson of this module we will analyse the energy flux and biogeochemical cycles that keep alive Earth’s ecosystems and the whole biosphere (e.g. Gaia)....
Reading
5 vidéos (Total 27 min), 1 quiz
Video5 vidéos
2.2 Mutualistic interactions5 min
2.3 Evolutionary ecology5 min
2.4 The ecology of biological diversity6 min
2.5 Energy flux and biogeochemical cycles4 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Quiz – Module 220 min

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Module 3. Energy in Ecological Systems

In this module, we will discuss some fundamental ecological processes, such as those must be present in any Gaian planet. We will consider the Gaian effects of parasites and predators, biodiversity and hypercycles and we will see how these processes regulates our planet. Finally, we will consider the global ecological role of biomass, photosynthesis and carbon sequestration....
Reading
5 vidéos (Total 30 min), 1 quiz
Video5 vidéos
3.2 Parasites, predators and Gaian effects4 min
3.3 Biodiversity, hypercycles and Gaia6 min
3.4 Regulating ecological processes5 min
3.5 Biomass, photosynthesis and carbon sequestration8 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Quiz – Module 320 min

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Module 4. Population Ecology and Evolution

In this final module, we will explore the possibility of a new ecology by exploring the concept of sustainability, evaluating the human impacts on ecosystems and providing some solutions for nature conservation. Finally, we will see how to organise a citizen science event, called Bio-blitz, which can improve the scientific knowledge of our planet and, at the same time, rise the ecological awareness of citizens....
Reading
5 vidéos (Total 34 min), 1 quiz
Video5 vidéos
4.2 Sustainability5 min
4.3 Human impacts on ecosystems6 min
4.4 Conservation biology6 min
4.5 You as an ecologist!9 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Quiz – Module 420 min

Enseignant

Roberto Cazzolla Gatti

Ph.D., Associate Professor in Ecology and Biodiversity
Biological Diversity and Ecology Laboratory, Bio-Clim-Land Centre of Excellence, Biological Institute

À propos de National Research Tomsk State University

National Research Tomsk State University is the largest classical university in the Asian part of Russia. For over 135 years TSU has been training the scientific and managerial elite, based on the integration of academic process and fundamental scientific research. It is a renowned center of education, science, innovations and attraction for creative talents, a generator of advanced ideas, and a paragon of adherence to the best traditions of Russian higher education. There are 23 departments and learning institutes, 1 University branch, Institute of Distance Education, Institute of Innovations in Education operating at TSU, and more than 17,000 students studying at the University, with 135 subject areas and specialties to choose from. TSU offers 136 Master’s programmes in 55 areas of academic studies and counting. The number of international students is constantly increasing, now with more than 1300 TSU students coming from countries such as the USA, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Italy, Poland, Mongolia, China, Vietnam, Korea, Columbia, Turkey and others....

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