E-learning courses

In this page, you will find e-learning courses taught by Prof. Roberto Cazzolla Gatti 

A follower’s comment:

“Cognitively, your course met the needs of creating a user-friendly learning environment, one that empowered students to explore ecological problems on their own.  This was done not only by always appearing intellectually accessible but also by at the end of each of your presentations leaving students open-ended questions, a superb teaching device and one that should be maintained.  Leaving students with questions assures continued thinking on pertinent topics, but giving students answers puts an end to that thinking.  Also, your introduction of Lovelock’s thinking on Gaia and Eigen and Schuster’s notion of the hypercycle allowed thinking about ecological problems from new perspectives”.

Course 1:

“Biological Diversity (Theories, Measures and Data sampling techniques)”


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About this course: The course presents an overview of the theory behind biological diversity evolution and dynamics and of methods for diversity calculation and estimation. We will become familiar with the major alpha, beta, and gamma diversity estimation techniques. Understanding how biodiversity evolved and is evolving on Earth and how to correctly use and interpret biodiversity data is important for all students interested in conservation biology and ecology, whether they pursue careers in academia or as policy makers and other professionals (students graduating from our programs do both). Academics need to be able to use the theories and indices correctly, whereas policy makers must be able to understand and interpret the conclusions offered by the academics. The course has the following expectations and results: – covering the theoretical and practical issues involved in biodiversity theory, – conducting surv
eys and inventories of biodiversity, – analyzing the information gathered, – and applying their analysis to ecological and conservation problems.

Needed Learner Background: – basics of Ecology and Calculus – good understanding of English

Who is this class for: The course is for: – lower-intermediate division undergraduate – upper-division undergraduate – Professional or Graduate Master and Ph.D. students

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Biological Diversity Course Making-of

About this course: This course presents the principles of evolution and ecology for citizens and students interested in studying biology and environmental sciences. It discusses major ideas and results. Recent advances have energised these fields with evidence that has implications beyond their boundaries: ideas, mechanisms, and processes that should form part of the toolkit of all biologists and educated citizens. Major topics covered by the course include fundamental principles of ecology, how organisms interact with each other and their environment, evolutionary processes, population dynamics, communities, energy flow and ecosystems, human influences on ecosystems, and the integration and scaling of ecological processes through systems ecology. This course will also review major ecological concepts, identify the techniques used by ecologists, provide an overview of local and global environmental issues, and examine individual, group and governmental activities important for protecting natural ecosystems. The course has been designed to provide information, to direct the student toward pertinent literature, to identify problems and issues, to utilise research methodology for the study of ecology and evolution, and to consider appropriate solutions and analytical techniques.

Needed Learner Background: general biology and a good understanding of English. This course has the following expectations and results: 1) covers the theoretical and practical issues involved in ecology and evolution, 2) conducting surveys and inventories in ecology, 3) analyzing the information gathered, 4) and applying their analysis to ecological and conservation problems.

Who is this class for: – General public – Lower-intermediate division undergraduate – Upper-division undergraduate – Professional or Graduate

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