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RESTORATION ECOLOGY

CODE 107018
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 2 cfu during the 2nd year of 10723 BIOLOGIA ED ECOLOGIA MARINA (LM-75) - GENOVA
  • 2 cfu during the 2nd year of 10723 BIOLOGIA ED ECOLOGIA MARINA (LM-6) - GENOVA
  • 2 cfu during the 2nd year of 10589 CONSERVAZIONE E GESTIONE DELLA NATURA(LM-60) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR BIO/07
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Restoration Ecology is the academic study of the process in support of the practice of ecological restoration, that is the restoration of damaged or destroyed ecosystems, through interventions and active actions. This is a particularly hot topic because the decade for the restoration of ecosystems begins this year.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims to make the student acquire the basic knowledge, inherent to the regulatory framework, the principles for assessing the conditions of degradation and the practices implemented to restore good ecosystem functioning.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims to provide a picture of the global effort for the recovery and restoration of species and terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Particular attention will be paid to learning to identify the causes that led to the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services. Students will learn to evaluate if and ihow it is feasible to undertake ecological restoration actions. Finally, students will be instructed on how to monitor ecological restoration actions to evaluate their effectiveness and replicability.

    PREREQUISITES

    There are no specific prerequisites, but basic knowledge of ecology is recommended to effectively address the teaching content.

    TEACHING METHODS

    The teaching consists of lectures and invited seminars.

    Lectures in the classroom are delivered through multimedia presentations.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The teaching program includes the presentation and discussion of the following topics:

    Introduction to Restoration Ecology

    Definition and historical notes

    Regulatory framework

    From conservation to restoration

    Why restore?

    The example of coastal marine ecosystems

    The ecological restoration process

    Standards of Practices by SER

    Underpinning Assumptions by SER

     

    Theoretical foundations

    Landscape ecology

    Ecosystem functions and services

    Disturb

    Succession

    Fragmentation and homogenization

    Resistance and Resilience

    Metapopulations and metacommunity

    Ecosystem functions and services

     

    Ecological restoration and invasive species

    Invasive alien species (IAS): who are they?

    Routes of invasion

    What determines the success of the invasion

    Impact of invasive species

    Regulatory framework

    Active vs preventive management of invasive species

    Restoration as an active management tool

    Novel ecosystems

     

    The principles and challenges of ecological restoration

    Planning, implementation and monitoring of ecological restoration actions

     

    Ecological conservation and restoration in the context of climate change

    Climate change

    The role of man

    Effects on ecosystems

    The role of Restoration Ecology

    Restoration challenges in a changing world

    New paradigms for Restoration Ecology

     

    Marine restoration cases

    Marine algal forests
    Coral restoration
    Seagrass meadows


    Restoration in the terrestrial environment

    Planning

    Aquatic systems (focus on lakes)

    Salt marshes and mangroves

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Available (downloadable from Aulaweb or from the teacher). Power Point of lessons and scientific articles.

    Some recommended texts:

    Jelte van Andel & James Aronson (eds.), Restoration Ecology: The New Frontier, 2nd Edition, Wiley Blackwel

    Andre F. Clewell & James Aronson, Ecological Restoration: Principles, Values, and Structure of an Emerging Profession, Society for Ecological Restoration

    Margaret A. Palmer, Joy B. Zedler & Donald A. Falk (eds.), Foundations of Restoration Ecology, Society for Ecological Restoration

    Karen D. Holl, Primer of Ecological Restoration, Island Pr

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    The start of the lessons will be agreed with the teachers, who will organize a meeting with the students interested in the subject.

    Class schedule

    RESTORATION ECOLOGY

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    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).

    The exam will begin with the presentation of a case study (among those proposed in class or chosen by the student) and will continue with some questions relating to the topics covered in class.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    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.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    16/01/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    31/01/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    13/02/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    10/07/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    11/09/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Frequency is recommended.