Ecomorphology

Course Code :2001WETEMO
Study domain:Biology
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:30
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Peter Aerts
Raoul Van Damme

3. Course contents *

Ecological morphology describes and investigates the relation between the form of organisms and their physical environment. Recent conceptual and methodological developments have revitalized the field considerably. In both animals and plants, body size is an extremely important factor influencing the relation between form/function and ecology. For instance, within vertebrates, body mass ranges from a few grams to several tons - about seven orders of magnitude. How dimensions affect the life and activity of animals (and plants) has intrigued scientists for centuries, but remains a hotly debated topic. This course aims to introduce principles behind 'local' or 'universal' laws of scaling.We will reiterate recent discussions concerning biomechanics and dynamics, cardiovascular physiology, energy metabolism, locomotion and other relevant topics.