The aim of the course is to provide students with a broad and scientifically correct view of the structure of biodiversity, the mechanisms that generate and maintain it, and the problems of anthropogenic origin that endanger its maintenance. The course therefore focuses on the levels of organization of biodiversity (genetic-population; of species; ecosystem) and for each illustrates the mechanisms that determine the natural patterns of biodiversity, the main anthropogenic impacts and the risks that derive from them, the possible strategies of management and mitigation. Since the levels of organization of biodiversity are highly interdependent and cascading effects are regularly implicated in the consequences of human impacts, the course aims to develop students' ability to make connections and to reason on multiple plans. To this end, the lessons are structured in a theoretical and conceptual part and one that involves the examination of numerous case studies. Finally, conservation biology is a subject by its interdisciplinary nature and therefore an important training objective of the course is to train students to simultaneously manage information, approaches and methodologies that derive from sectors that are also very different from each other such as biology, ecology, modeling, legislation , sociology.
Type of certificate
Scientific Disciplinary Sector Code
Type of Activity
Core compulsory activities
Objectives of the course
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