Monitoring biodiversity of shores

EMBC+ MODULE 2: Toolbox for investigating marine Biodiversity
semester: 
2
ects: 
3

1. Welcome and introduction to the course: Importance of biodiversity monitoring and main existing programs
2. Monitoring: Consequences of biodiversity loss.
3. Monitoring: Introduction to experimental design.
4: Monitoring: Hypothesis testing and analysis of ecological data through ANOVA.
5. Taxonomy of intertidal organisms: a quick overview
6. Field trips to the shore Methods of monitoring: destructive and non-destructive sampling.
7. Rocky shores: Some background information & key concepts on monitoring techniques.
8. Sorting of samples and identification of organisms.
9. Field trips to the shore: Designing a spatial-explicit monitoring program.
10. Analyses of the collected data. Introduction to the use and of uni-variate and multivariate community descriptors.
11. Uni-variate and multivariate community descriptors: analysis using Permanova & other software.
12. Practical exercises.
13. Evaluation.

keywords: 
monitoring rocky shores, sampling design,
initial: 

No specific competences needed, but students would likely benefit from previous basic knowledge on experimental design, taxonomy of intertidal organisms and principles of monitoring programs.

final: 

Practical knowledge of ecological experimental design
Knowledge of taxonomy of intertidal organisms
Pratical skills on designing monitoring programs to detect impacts in natural systems.