MODULO I 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.
MODULO II 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.
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of PALEONTOLOGY, SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY
PPTs of all lessons and lecture notes available on the ARIEL platform
Assessment methods and Criteria
written exam with two separate tests for each of the two modules