A written test will be an entrance examination to the oral test: the last will consist in a scientific presentation
The course will consider the main biological concepts bringing the students to the comprehension of the main ecological processes at the landscape scale. Particularly, the general aim is to approach the landscape as a complex of defined elements as a tool to address land management decisions.
Species, populations (meta-), community, habitat, ecosystems. Concepts of flora and vegetation. Abundance and floristic richness. Floristic density. Interpretation of floristic data. Spatial temporal dimension of chorotype. Notions on Biogeography. The 43/92/EEC Directive “Habitat”: Annexes I and II. Natura 2000 Network. Analysis of biodiversity: alfa, beta, gamma;landscape diversity. Spatial scale in landscape ecology. Structure of landscapes: genesis, heterogeneity, patches and matrixes. Landscape dynamics: disturbance and fragmentation. Ecosystem and chorologic functions in the definition of landscapes. Vegetation science as a tool for the analysis and classification of landscapes: analysis of the vegetation.
Farina A., 2003, Ecologia del paesaggio, UTET libreria, Torino.
Bailey R.G., 1996. Ecosystem geography. Springer-Verlag, New-York, NY.
Specific monographs and articles will be provided to students on the basis of the agreed case studies
Group activities for the elaboration and analysis of data, group exercises
1) Readiness to offer individual assistance also in a foreign language (please specify) to incoming students: YES
2) Availability of supporting material and bibliographic references also in a foreign language (please specify): YES
3) Readiness to accept examination of incoming students also in a foreign language (please specify): YES