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【Academic lecture】 Lecture Series About Ecology
2017-05-23 10:23  

【Time】:May 23-June 4

13rd week:Tue 9-10,Wed 7-8,Fri 7-8,Sun 7-8

14th week:Tue 9-10,Wed 7-8,Fri 7-8,Sat 9-10

【Place】:A01-E201

【Lecturer】:Paul Giller

Former Registrar and V-P Academic Affairs of University College Cork.

Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Zoology.

Professor Paul Giller is a Zoologist and Ecologist   (graduated from Queen Mary and Imperial College, University of  London) having  published over 130 papers and 7 books(h-factor 41/30 Google Scholar/Web of  Science; i10 index 100; Total citations 7211/3897 (as of December 2014)).

  Prof Giller is a population, community and ecosystem ecologist with a  specialisation in freshwater systems, macroinvertebrates and salmonids. Research  expertise lies in pure and applied ecology and freshwater biology and the role  of biodiversity on ecosystem function (in both terrestrial and aquatic  ecosystems). Research has centred on the analysis of macroinvertebrate  communities of freshwater and terrestrial habitats; freshwater-forestry  interactions (including biodiversity issues and the effects of forestry  practices); the impact of instream (flooding) and catchment (land use changes)  disturbances on stream and river ecosystems and freshwater pollution.  Application of ecological and experimental techniques to applied animal  behaviour has also led to collaborative research with agricultural research  organisations.

He has taught and researched in the UCC for over 30  years, having also taught for short periods in the UK, USA and France. He has  carried out research in Ireland, UK, South Africa, USA and Sweden. In addition  to academic roles, he has held administrative positions including  Executive  Dean of Science (2000-2005) and since May 2005  Registrar and Senior Vice  President Academic , reappointed for a second term in 2010.

【Ecology Course】:

1 Science and scope of ecology: what the study of ecology is about, the various levels of study in ecology and its scope in time and space and its importance as a scientific discipline. (1 lecture)

2 Modern methods in ecology: range of methods used to study problems and patterns at the various ecological levels from individual to ecosystem/biosphere (1 lecture)

3 Ecological philosophy: Ecology as an empirical science and the scientific approaches to the study of ecology. (1.5-2lectures)

4 Animal sampling techniques: overview of the general techniques for relative and absolute sampling strategies and approaches in terrestrial and aquatic habitats (2 lectures)

5 Individual and population tolerances to environmental change: Consideration of tolerance and adaptation of organisms and how individuals and populations respond to environmental change (1-1.5 lectures)

6 Ecological stability and effects of disturbance: consideration of the types of effects of disturbances on ecological communities and agents and regimes of disturbance (1-1.5 lectures)

7 Biodiversity and ecosystem function: importance and role of biodiversity in ecosystems and the hypotheses relating biodiversity to ecosystem function and provision of ecological services (1.5-2 lectures)

 

【Wetland Ecology】

A series of lectures on various aspects of the ecology of streams and rivers (6-7 lectures overall)

1.Introdution: concept of the river catchment/watershed, general nature of river and stream systems (0.5 lectures)

2.Energy Flow: Components of energy budget, Food sources for consumers, Energy budgets, Functional feeding groups (1 lecture)

3.Decomposition: Types of detritus, Decomposition phase in streams and rivers; Breakdown rates of leaf litter, Leaf preference of shredders, Riparian influence on detritus. (1 lecture)

4.Longitudinal patterns from headwaters to river mouth: examination of the longitudinal changes in physical, chemical and biological features and characteristics along the length of river systems influence on the energy base of the system and River Continuum Concept (1-1.5 lectures)

5.Food webs: Introduction to concept; identification of animal diet, types of food webs (microbial and Stream food webs); Top down vs bottom up regulation of energy flow; behavioral aspects. (1 lecture)

6.Diversity patterns in streams and rivers: Introduction to stream diversity, Diversity and ecosystem functioning in streams; Diversity patterns in streams and rivers (Succession, Altitudinal and latitudinal diversity gradients, Species: area relationships), Restoration. (1 lecture)

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