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NATURAL SCIENCE
Course unit
AQUATIC AND TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS AND ENVIRONMENTAL BIOINDICATORS
SCN1032456, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
NATURAL SCIENCE
SC1178, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination AQUATIC AND TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS AND ENVIRONMENTAL BIOINDICATORS
Website of the academic structure http://scienzenaturali.scienze.unipd.it/2018/laurea_magistrale
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge JURI NASCIMBENE
Other lecturers VALERIO MATOZZO BIO/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/07 Ecology 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Annual
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Laboratory 3.0 48 27.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 28/06/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 STUDIO DEGLI ECOSISTEMI ACQUATICI E TERRESTRI E BIOINDICATORI AMBIENTALI 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 NASCIMBENE JURI (Presidente)
MATOZZO VALERIO (Membro Effettivo)
MARIN MARIA (Supplente)
6 STUDIO DEGLI ECOSISTEMI ACQUATICI E TERRESTRI E BIOINDICATORI AMBIENTALI 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 MATOZZO VALERIO (Presidente)
NASCIMBENE JURI (Membro Effettivo)
PAOLETTI MAURIZIO (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Knowledge of General Ecology, Botany and Zoology
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to provide students with a solid knowledge of conservation biology and ecology, including through case studies, in order to understand the impacts of environmental changes, natural and anthropogenic, on biodiversity and on the main ecosystem services, both in the aquatic and terrestrial fields. It also aims at obtaining principles and techniques for the use of biological indicators in environmental monitoring and conservation practices of natural resources.
Examination methods: Written examinations with open questions. The test is based exclusively on topics and case studies discussed in class or during excursions and laboratory experiences.
Assessment criteria: The clarity and completeness of the answers provided by the students, as well as the mastering of the specific terminology, are considered important evaluation criteria.
Course unit contents: Terrestrial ecosystems
Lessons:
1 CFU) Biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems: natural patterns (latitudinal, elevational) and anthropogenic drivers (forestry, agriculture, climate change). Habitat fragmentation, extinction debt, land use changes, abandonment/intensification dynamics.

1 CFU) Ecosystem finctions and their relationships with biodiversity. Biodiversity and productivity: mechanisms, niche complementarity, sampling or selection effect. Biodiversity-ecosystem stability relationship. Functional traits. Ecosystem services.

1 CFU) The concept of bioindicator. Environmental, ecological, and biodiversity indicators. Biomonitoring. Lichens and biomonitoring.

Practical activities:
2 CFU) field excursion in terrestrial ecosystems (maily forests and/or agro-ecosystems). Recording of the main environmental factors and of community response variables; identification of organisms; data analysis; scientific reporting.

Aquatic ecosystems
Lessons:
1 CFU) Water cycle and main uses. Classification of aquatic ecosystems. Surface and underground waters. Main regulations concerning surface waters (law 152/1999; law 152/2006; law 4/2008). Marine and fresh waters. Lentic and lotic waters and main biocoenoses. Main sampling techniques. Transitional waters.

1 CFU) Alterations of aquatic ecosystems. The main causes of environmental deterioration: chemical pollution and microplastics as examples of alteration of aquatic ecosystems. Eutrophication. Main chemical-physical parameters to define the health status of an aquatic ecosystem. Time frequency of sampling based on the law 152/2006. BOD, COD, ammonia, phosphates, nitrates, temperature, pH, suspended materials. Oxygen curve.

1 CFU) Bioindicators and biomonitoring. Animal and plant bioindicators. Main indexes: IBE, extended biotic index. Toxicity test. Microtox and Daphnia test.

Practical activities:
1 CFU) field excursion to aquatic ecosystems and measurement of the main chemical-physical and biological parameters of water through appropriate instrumentation (multiparametric probe and nets); laboratory determination of some chemical-physical parameters (eg, dissolved oxygen and phosphates) of water samples collected during field excursion.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is organized in lectures, field and laboratory activities.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lesson notes will be provided. Scientific articles on specific topics will be provided during the lessons. At the end of the course a copy of the PowerPoint presentations of the lessons will be also provided.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bargagli, Roberto, Ecologia applicata - per un uso consapevole dell'aria, dell'acqua e del suolo. [Roma]: Amon, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Quality Education Gender Equality Clean Water and Sanitation Affordable and Clean Energy Climate Action Life Below Water Life on Land