Ecology in context
Working with and managing natural and semi-natural environments requires a comprehensive understanding of the temporal and spatial dynamics of the interacting components of such systems. Ecology, the study of interactions between components and with their environments provides a theoretical and mechanistic framework for such an understanding.
This module aims to provide grounding in both the key concepts of ecological theory, referring to the dynamics at several interacting scales, and to some of the applications of ecology in several different scientific disciplines. It will draw upon case studies and illustrate situations where ecological theory has been applied successfully
- To deliver an understanding of key theory, application and complexity of outcome across a range of scenarios.
- To deliver an understanding of the range of applications and importance of ecological understanding.
- To provide the underpinning material that relates populations and communities to environmental outcomes and future scenarios.