Faculties and centres
In this subject, the theoretical foundations that explain the determinants of life in terrestrial and aquatic environments, the adaptations of organisms to their characteristics, as well, as the functioning of ecosystems, will be established.
This subject addresses the study of the structure of ecosystems and how they vary in space and time. It studies the transfer of matter and energy in the ecosystem as well as at higher levels of organization. Finally, the effects of humans in the environment are analyzed, discussing possible strategies to seek the sustainable exploitation of ecosystems.
These theoretical concepts will be illustrated with case studies and current topics.
This knowledge constitutes the basis of professional disciplines, such as land conservation, restoration of ecosystems, forestry, management of natural areas, environmental impact assessment, etc.
The following specific objectives of this subject are considered:
1.- Know the environmental factors that condition life on the planet, ecosystems and the distribution of organisms and biomes.
2.- Understand the flows of matter and energy related to the trophic dynamics at ecosystem level
3.- Apply the techniques of analysis and representation of data to the results obtained in field and laboratory practices
4.- Know the techniques of sampling, analysis and elaboration of reports from the data generated in the practices and bibliographical
5.- Apply the knowledge and techniques acquired for the characterization of ecosystems
6.- Recognize and analyze the environmental problems related to global ecology