Lectures in class room in three modules: 1) Plant life history traits, 2) Population dynamics, 3) Basics of evolutionary ecology, and particularly, behavioural ecology. During our lectures we use PowerPoint presentations, but also videos.
Interactions between living organisms determine the dynamic and the structure of living communities. Moreover, they play an essential role in evolutionary process. In terms of knowledge, students will have to understand the principles underlying the modelling of individual interaction. Morever, they will have to know the theories on coexistence, competition, herbivory, predation, parasitism and coevolution. At the end of the course they should be able to applied their knowledge to new situations.
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The diversity of interactions in animal and plant kingdoms is discussed. Following an overview of this diversity, we focus on some types of interactions and their adaptive and evolutionary significance: symbiosis, plant defenses against herbivory, competition, predation. Both theoretical models including optimal foraging theory, and applications are included. Theoretical courses using diverse didactic supports (videos, PowerPoint). The focus is made on the elaboration and follow-up of experimental designs (with a personal critical analysis of one scientific paper on species coexistence including its oral presentation and a join common discussion on planning a competition experiment).