Methods in environmental biology

Course Code :2001WETMOB
Study domain:Biology
Bi-anuall course:Taught in academic years starting in an odd year
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Ivan Nijs

3. Course contents *

Ecology is concerned with, among others, the study of the relationships between living organisms and their fysico-chemical environment, and therefore depends highly on suitable methods and instrumentation. The last few years have been characterised by a remarkable increase in so-called 'clever' instruments. In this course a number of methods and principles will be studied that allow to investigate environmental and biological processes in a non-invasive way, as well as experimental designs to address fundamental problems in ecology. Examples:
How can leaf area index be determined?
How can plants be exposed to simulated climate-warming?
Which experimental design is suitable to identify effects of loss of biodiversity on ecosystems?