Starting from an overall aquatic food web, the course will give an in-depth, multidisciplinary approach of actual research topics as:
- structural biodiversity and its calculation
- functional biodiversity with a more detailed approach of key players in aquatic food webs:
- primary producers: marine photosynthetic organisms (macroalgae, seagrasses and scleractinian corals), ecological roles and ecophysiology
- benthos (all size classes)
- toppredators and marine mammals in terms of their function, their organization and their morphological adaptations.
Basic knowledge of the biology of aquatic organisms (both plants and animals)
To know how to calculate and interpret biodiversity, to get knowledge on the morphological adaptations of aquatic organisms, to understand their functioning in order to maintain aquatic biodiversity in their environments.