Island biology

Course Code :2001WETEIL
Study domain:Biology
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:68
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Credit and exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Raoul Van Damme
Erik Matthysen

3. Course contents *

This course describes how and why islands have played a crucial role in the development of ecological and evolutionary theory. Because of their relatively simple flora and fauna, and because of the availability of replicates, islands in archipelagos have been called natural ecological and evolutionary laboratories. With the current worldwide fragmentation of natural habitats, insights from island biology seem more relevant than ever. This course introduces the ecological and evolutionary trends and processes that shape island populations and communities.