Ecology One: an introduction (Venue unavailable)

Ecology One: an introduction (Venue unavailable)


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Gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the key principles of Ecology.

Ever wondered why some plants won’t grow in your garden why the ‘weeds’ (and slugs) thrive? This course helps to explain the patterns we see in the natural world and the ways in which people have changed them. It is all about relationships between living things (from flowers to fungi to fluffy or feathery animals) with their surroundings and with us humans. Ecology is a core subject, essential background to everyone with an interest in environmentally based topics.

This course is run at CAT by Aberystwyth University. Please book the course through Aberystwyth University online or by calling 01970 621 580 before booking accommodation at CAT.

Key information

  • Duration: three days
  • Upcoming date: Friday 22 – Sunday 24 May 2020
  • Start and finish times: starts at 10am
  • Fees: £120; concessions £100 (paid via Aberystwyth University). Optional full board accommodation at CAT £130 (shared) or £170 (single)
  • Includes: tuition, all materials
  • What to bring: waterproof clothing is recommended
  • Terms and Conditions:

What you will learn

Through seminars and fieldwork you will examine the cycles and energy flows that power the ecosystems of our planet, the complexities of food webs, the interrelationships and competition both between and within species and population dynamics.

On completion of this module you will be able to define the key ecological terms and basic concepts, describe the directional flow of energy and the cyclic flow of nutrients in an ecosystem, determine trophic relationships in an ecosystem and interpret population information.

Topics covered include:

  • Definitions of key terminology including: biosphere, ecosystem, community and populations.
  • Energy and trophic levels, trophic relationships, webs, pyramids, producers consumers and decomposers.
  • Directional energy flow, efficiency of transfer and calculating energy flows.
  • Biogeochemical cycles, exchanges between living organisms the earth’s crust, water and atmosphere.
  • Species interactions, inter-specific and intra-specific competition, predator – prey relationships.
  • Population ecology, growth and size.
  • Components of an ecosystem, abiotic and biotic, with examples of world biomes, ecosystems in the UK, habitats and niches.

This course is run at CAT by Aberystwyth University and can be taken as part of a Higher Education Certificate in Field Ecology. Please book the course through Aberystwyth University online or by calling 01970 621 580 before booking accommodation at CAT.

Meet your tutors

This course is run at CAT by Aberystwyth University and can be taken as part of a Higher Education Certificate in Field Ecology. Dr Sarah Watson-Jones is the tutor for this course. Please book the course through Aberystwyth University online or by calling 01970 621 580 before booking accommodation at CAT.

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