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School of Science
Course unit
SCN1031830, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IF0360, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 7.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
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

Teacher in charge ALBERTO BARAUSSE BIO/07
Other lecturers MASSIMO PONTI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/07 Ecology 7.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2013 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 COMUNITA' ED ECOSISTEMI 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 PONTI MASSIMO (Presidente)
BARAUSSE ALBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
ZANE LORENZO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide students with the basic notions on the functioning of communities and ecosystems, especially deepening the knowledge of the complex interactions between organisms. Numerous examples of scientific work will be presented on the various issues, with particular reference to the marine environment. In this way, at the end of the course the student will be able to critically comment on scientific studies on communities and ecosystems and understand the problems and management strategies proposed in subsequent courses of the master's degree.
Examination methods: Oral; on topics covered during the course.
Assessment criteria: Verification of the comprehension of the proposed topics and of the possession of the vocabulary and of the appropriate scientific language.
Course unit contents: Importance of scale factors. Spatial and temporal organization of the communities. Interactions between species: direct (competition, parasitism, mutualism), indirect ("tritrophic" interactions, apparent competition, trophic cascade). Supply-side ecology, larval life span, mortality, dispersion, settlement, recruitment. Metacommunities: theoretical paradigms. Biodiversity: definitions, spatial components, structural and functional biodiversity. Environmental factors that influence species richness. Marine trophic networks: organization and regulation, omnivory, intra-guild predation, study methods (SIA), bottom-up models, top-down. Ecosystem functions and services. Ecosystem control functions: resilience, redundancy. Relationship between biodiversity and stability of functions. ecosystem. Shift ecosystems: stability landscape, basins of attraction: examples on the ecosystem of coral reefs.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lessons.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Pdf file of the powerpoint files shown during the lectures made available on the UNIWEB e-learning site; in-depth articles on specific topics.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bertness M., Bruno J., Silliman B., Stachowicz J., Marine Community Ecology and Conservation.. --: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Climate Action Life Below Water