Community Ecology

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

ECTS
6

FUTURE SEAS

Numerical methods for marine science
University Pierre and Marie Curie - Paris 6

Synopsis

This course is devoted to the quantification of the dynamics of marine communities. Marine communities are composed of several interacting populations and are shape by adaptive dynamics. To understand their dynamics is a fundamental steps in understanding Future Seas biodiversity changes

Content

Role of communities in the functioning of coastal ecosystem
Effects of environmental factors (abiotic, biotic) on community evolution
Acclimation and adaptation processes of populations
Consequences of populations' adaptation on the ecosystem functioning
Spatio temporal succession in coastal communities
Ecological Modeling

Pre-requisites

Basic Numerical Methods, Basic Taxonomy, Basic skills in biological Oceanography

Aims

The objective is to learn techniques to study (by observation, experimentations and modelling) communities, how they assemble and vary (by successions ...).

Objectives

Learning how to observe and experiment on Marine Community
Learning how to characterize them, as well as the adaptive landscape that shape them (constraints and adaptation to their changing environment).
Learning how to analyse and model species assemblages and community dynamics, including metacommunity.

Key skills acquired

Methods to sample and study Marine Communities
Methods to study and characterize their selective value
Methods to simulate Marine Community Dynamics.

Bibliography

Rickleffs, R.E., Schluter, D., 1994. Species Diversity in Ecological Communities. Chicago U.P.

Assessment

50% Written Exam
50% Practical Assignment Evaluation

Involved teachers

Fran├žois Lantoine, Jean-Marc Guarini

Contact hours

lectures
20

practicals
40

seminars
0

computerclass
15

fieldwork
15

other
0