BIODIVERSITY AND BEHAVIOUR

Second cycle degree in MARINE BIOLOGY

Campus: CHIOGGIA (VE)

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: MATTEO GRIGGIO

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 8


Syllabus
Prerequisites: To successfully follow this course, it is desirable that the student has taken courses in ecology, and in particular in marine ecology, at different levels (population, community).
Examination methods: The evaluation is a written test consisting of three open questions.
Course unit contents: Biodiversity: the concept of biodiversity, the diversity of organisms and the ecological systems in which they live. The key role of evolution in shaping biodiversity. Ecological pressures on the morphology and behaviour of marine species. Morphological and behavioural adaptations to different marine habitats (pelagic, benthic, abyssal, intertidal). Biodiversity as the web of complex interrelationships between organisms, the contribution of the study of animal behaviour to understanding the concept of biodiversity. The study of reproductive behaviour, parental care, mimicry and social life, using the most modern concepts of behavioural ecology. Anthropic pressures on marine species and marine habitats. Anthropic impacts on marine species behaviour.