You are supposed to understand essentials of ecology.
By completing the course, you will be able (1) to describe the links between organisms and functioning in different ecosystems and (2) to describe the potential changes that will appear in these links under climate change. You will also (3) be prepared for providing evidence and validating your arguments when discussing current and future climate change effects on ecosystems.
Period 3, suggested for the 4th study year.
The course includes lectures, scientific talks and literature of the effects of climate change on the organisms (plants, herbivores, decomposers) and functioning (primary production, decomposition, element cycles) of terrestrial, peatland, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Lectures will cover the subject in a broader ecological context, while the scientific talks, given by PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, will provide a glimpse on ongoing climate change research in different ecosystems. The Synthesis Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides material for the literature assignment.
To complete the course, you are supposed to listen to the lectures and scientific talks, pass the exam of the contents of the lectures, write two summaries of the contents of the scientific talks and prepare a document based on the provided IPCC material. The course consists of 26 h of lectures, 5 h of scientific talks, a 2-h exam and 102 h of independent work.
Course literature is freely available in the internet.
The course will be graded as 0-5 using the scores achieved in the exam (50%), literature assignment (30%) and summaries of the scientific talks (20%).
Due to current COVID-19 situation general examinations in lecture halls are cancelled. You can contact the teacher to ask about alternative completion methods.
University Lecturer Juha Mikola