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Biological Invasions

  • Teacher(s):   C.Bertelsmeier  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 1.5 credits
  • Schedule: Spring Semester 2021-2022, 1.0h. course (weekly average)
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Objectives

Objectives

  1. Explain core theory and concepts underlying the spread and impacts of invasive species
  2. Critically assess the current debate about invasive organisms (semantic, social, economic, biological..)
  3. Understand how globalization leads to the accelerating dynamics of species ranging from viruses to mammals
  4. Understand the characteristics of invasive species and vulnerable ecosystems
  5. Discuss the interactions between biological invasions and other drivers of global change such as climate change

Contents

Biological invasions are considered one of the most important global threats to biodiversity. Understanding the processes shaping the success of species outside of their native ranges is therefore a major goal of conservation research. In this course, we elucidate the main hypotheses explaining the success and spread of invasive species, while insisting on current controversies and future research questions. Specifically, we will address:

- The different stages of the invasion process (transport, establishment, spread, impacts)

- Impacts and case studies of some of the worst invasive species

- Mechanisms of invasions

- Socio-economic aspects

- The role of rapid adaptation in the invasion process

- Species interactions, enemy release, community structure

- Large scale patterns and dynamics

- Interactions with other drivers of global change

Evaluation

First attempt

Exam:
Without exam (cf. terms)  
Evaluation:

EXAMEN ORGANISE PAR l'ECOLE DE BIOLOGIE

Mark of the oral presentation

Retake

Exam:
Without exam (cf. terms)  
Evaluation:

EXAMEN ORGANISE PAR l'ECOLE DE BIOLOGIE



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