The new TSU online course “Ecology: from Cells to Gaia” has launched on the international educational platform Coursera.
Students will learn about the current problems of ecology and how countries and individuals are trying to solve them.
This course presents the principles of evolution and ecology for citizens and students interested in studying biology and environmental sciences. It discusses major ideas and results. Recent advances have energised these fields with evidence that has implications beyond their boundaries: ideas, mechanisms, and processes that should form part of the toolkit of all biologists and educated citizens.
Major topics covered by the course include fundamental principles of ecology, how organisms interact with each other and their environment, evolutionary processes, population dynamics, communities, energy flow and ecosystems, human influences on ecosystems, and the integration and scaling of ecological processes through systems ecology.
The author of the course is Roberto Cazzolla Gatti, associate professor of TSU’s Botany Department, an employee of the Centre of Excellence BioClimLand, and the head of the English-language Master's programme Biodiversity.