Course: Special Topics in Ecology

Konstantinos Saitanis
Argyro Fantinou
  1. The dilemma: 'special' or 'General' scientist as an extension of the phenomenon of evolutionary process leading to the creation of species specific or general needs: Theoretical approach with (possible) practical applications.

    2. The strategy of the migratory behavior of animals to adapt to changing environments. Ecological and agricultural aspects.

    3. The ecological importance of communication (or information exchange). Utilization in efforts control ling 'undesirable' or 'beneficial' populations.

    4. Interactions between species and between individuals. Positive and negative interactions. Theoretical approaches and practical applications. Relationships between species richness and abundance.

    5. Methods used in estimation of population sizes. Field techniques and data processing. Relationships number of species-area.

    6. Similarity of biocommunities. Cluster analysis and ordination methods.

    7. Spatial patterns. Distances Methods. Elements of geostatistics.

    8. Directional data analysis.

    9. The concept of ecological balance: Ecological stability and relationship with biodiversity. Stability and oscillations in agricultural ecosystems.

    10. Self-regulating systems.

    11. The ecological knowledge as a necessary component of agriculture in the 21st century.