The course is offered to students of the Master degree and aims to transfer them cultural and operational tools for understanding the basics of the functioning of ecosystems (energy and biogeochemical aspects), the structuring role of micro and macro-organisms and their relations in the functioning of ecosystems and impacts of human activities on biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems.
Five main training objectives are proposed.
1. Understand the basics of ecosystem functioning; 2. Know how to analyze the functional role of micro and macroorganisms; 3. Interpret the importance of multiple interactions between species; 4. Interpret interactions and feedback at community level; 5. Connect dynamically aspects of biodiversity, integrity and ecosystem functioning.