|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||BIO/07|
Marine Biology and Ecology describe the relationships between the sea environment and the organisms that populate it. The subject is intended as an introduction to the issues that will be dealt much more specifically and in detail in the context of the Master's Degree in Marine Biology and Ecology.
The course aims to contribute to the basic knowledge of the main issues affecting biological research at sea.
The course aims to provide basic knowledge relating to the techniques for studying the marine environment and the organisms that populate it, the specific adaptations imposed by the marine environment, the description of the main marine ecosystems and their functioning, also in a context of Global Changes.
The course aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge to deal with the study of marine organisms and ecosystems, training them about the tools and methods of sampling and study, addressed respectively to plankton, nekton and benthos, examining the main environmental, abiotic factors and biotics, the specific adaptations developed by organisms, describing the main communities of marine organisms.
There are no specific prerequisites, but basic knowledge of ecology and zoology is recommended to effectively address the teaching content.
The teaching consists of lectures and invited seminars.
Lectures in the classroom are delivered through multimedia presentations.
Available (downloadable from Aulaweb or from the teacher). Power Point of lessons and scientific articles.
Some recommended texts:
James W. Nybakken & Mark K. Bertness, Marine Biology: An Ecological Approach, Pearson.
Roberto Danovaro, Biologia marina. Biodiversità e funzionamento degli ecosistemi marini. Ed. Città Studi.
Office hours: The reception of the students will be arranged directly with the teacher.
MARIACHIARA CHIANTORE (President)
The start of the class will be agreed with the intrested students who will be invited to a meeting for arrangements.
The exam consists of an oral test concerning the topics covered in the course. The exam is passed if the student has obtained a grade greater than or equal to 18/30.
Five appeals will be available in the summer session (June, July, September) and 2 calls in the winter session (January-February).
Details on how to prepare for the exam and the degree of detail required for each topic will be provided during the lessons.
The exam will verify the actual acquisition of knowledge, which the student will have to be able to connect and integrate. The ability to synthesize and recognize the main aspects of the topic will be evaluated and the ability to expose the arguments clearly and with correct terminology will also be considered.
Frequency is recommended.