Biodiversity of aquatic foodwebs : from algae to marine mammals

EMBC+ MODULE 1: Understanding the structure and function of Marine Biodiversity
semester: 
1
institute: 
ects: 
6

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
    • zooplankton
    • benthos (all size classes)
    • toppredators and marine mammals in terms of their function, their organization and their morphological adaptations.
keywords: 
Structural biodiversity, functional biodiversity, calculating biodiversity, primary producers, plankton, benthos, marine mammals
initial: 

Basic knowledge of the biology of aquatic organisms (both plants and animals)

final: 

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.