Ecology I

lbio1117  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Ecology I
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
4 credits
30.0 h + 10.0 h
This course treats all the questions that have a link with ecology, both the theoretical concepts illustrated by practical examples, but also the impact of man on ecosystems.
More in detail, the cours deals with
  • the ecology of individuals (abiotic conditions, resources, intraspecific competition, ecological niche)
  • population ecology (life cycles, demography, migration and dispersal, life history, impact of intraspecific competition on populations)
  • community ecology (the different types of interactions between species, interspecific competition and community structure, predator-prey relationships, effects of predation on community structure)
  • ecosystem dynamics (biogeochemical cycles, primary productivity, energy flow through ecosystems, interactions between trophic levels)
  • the biosphere (influence of abiotic conditions on ecosystems, terrestrial and aquatic biomes, biodiversity, impact of the human population)
Practical activities outdoors will help to illustrate the theoretical concepts.

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Biology

Minor in Biology

Minor in Scientific Culture

Minor in Population and Development Studies

Bachelor in Geography : General