Experimental Ecology

(Course Code: 130KEΥ)

Semester:  5 Teaching Credits:  4 ECTS Credits: 6 Type:


Prerequisite Courses:  – Direction: Environmental Sciences Instructor: Andreas Troumbis

The course intends to complement, enrich and move forward students’ interest towards the empirical investigation of fundamental laws and principles of Ecology. Its core goal is to enhance concepts such as hypothesis and experiment regarding higher levels of ecological organization; together, with an increased understanding of statistics as a built-in component of the ecological method.

Topics per Week:

It addresses 10 typical ecological problems/questions.

– Group 1: hypotheses on existing real field data. Building and announcing a hypothesis; calculations; statistical confirmation/rejection of a theoretical prediction. E.g. energy transfers along a trophic chain, Lindeman’s prediction.

– Group 2: use of simulations and simulated data. Hypothesis control though modeled processes and simulated data. E.g. biomass accumulation and C fixation in forest ecosystems through succession.

– Group 3: acquisition of data through experimental manipulations. Developing the full array of collecting and handling data through manipulation of laboratory cultures. E.g. density-dependent growth or competition under controlled conditions.

Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
Other Activities:  –
Grading:  Reports (100%)
Notes: Lecture slides in PowerPoint format, written instructions for the laboratory exercises
Basic Textbook:

The course is taught in Greek. For exchange students, English literature is proposed and examinations are given in English

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