A.Y. 2017/2018
Lesson for
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Knowledge and understanding Basics of ecology: biotic and abiotic factors. Interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of organisms in the present, especially for the ocean ecosystem.
Applying knowledge and understanding: Ability to apply the skills acquired to the geological past to understand the evolution of ecosystems through time.
Making judgements: Distinction between data to be acquired and paleoecological reconstructions. Evaluation of ecological factors. Evaluation of simple ecological models.
Communication skills: Ability to describe and illustrate the knowledge gained during the course both with regard to current ecological factors and paleoecological proxies.
Learning skills: Ability to base the acquired biogeochemical processes and the dynamics of the ocean ecosystem in the present and in the geological past.

Course structure and Syllabus

Active edition
Lessons: 48 hours
Introduction to Paleoecology
Principles of ecology: concepts of biodiversity, population, communities, ecosystems, ecological niches.
The main factors that govern the distribution of present organisms.
Paleoecology of benthic invertebrates: taxonomic uniformism
Abiotic and biotic factors regulating the distribution of benthic marine organisms.
Sampling methodologies; Population dynamics; Community analysis; Biodiversity Indexes.
Paleoecology of marine plankton: abiotic and biotic factors regulating the distribution of calcareous, siliceous, chitinous shell organisms.
Life strategies (r- and k- strategists). Analysis of populations and fossil associations.
Paleoecology and litogenesis: biogenic platforms and pelagic sediments.
Lesson period
Second semester
Lesson period
Second semester
Assessment methods
Assessment result
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi