Research Methods in Ecology

(Course Code: 131KEY, Course outline)

Semester:  6 Teaching Credits:  3 ECTS Credits: 6 Type:

Optional Compulsory

Prerequisite Courses:  – Course type: Skills development Instructor: Galanidis A.

This course aims to introduce students to planning and executing an ecological research project.

At the end of the course students will be able to:

(A) recognize an ecological research topic

(B) choose the appropriate sampling or experiment design to address it

(C) measure or estimate key vegetation parameters

(D) develop the appropriate statistical method for analyzing the data

(E) compile data from different sources and measurement scales

(F) to draw up key findings and assess their implementation on ecological issues or problems

Topics per Week: The following topics will be covered in a combination of lectures and field and laboratory practicals:

  1. Principles of experimental design – Sampling procedure and methods
  2. Monitoring site characteristics
  3. Sampling static organisms (plant populations)
  4. Estimating/Measuring ecosystem processes (community productivity, decomposition)
  5. Sampling mobile organisms (e.g. birds, invertebrates)
  6. Analyzing and interpreting data
  7. Presenting the information
Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
Other Activities:

Field trips

Grading: Project report writing and presentation (100%)
Notes: Lecture slides in PowerPoint format
Basic Textbook: Κarandeinos M. 2007. Quantitative ecological methods. University of Crete Press. Heraklion, Crete. Greece
Bibliography: Wheater CP, Bell JR, Cook PA. 2011. Practical Field Ecology: A Project Guide. Wiley.

The course is taught in Greek

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