At the end of the course students should be able to:
- Classify different types of ecosystem,
- Describe major ecological processes in different ecosystems,
- Explain and apply scientific knowledge in the management of ecosystems.
Terrestrial ecosystems and principles underlying their functioning, types of terrestrial ecosystems - natural and managed ecosystems, major components and structure of terrestrial ecosystems, ecological and socio-economic functions of terrestrial ecosystems, Ecosystem processes and energy flow in terrestrial ecosystems – diversity of primary producers and consumers and how they function to maintain ecosystem process and energy flow. Human ecology - human interactions and influences on terrestrial ecosystems and outcomes of the interaction.
- Osborne P.L. 2000. Tropical Ecosystems and Ecological Concepts. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 464 pp.
- Barbour, M. G., Burk, J.H. and Pitts, W.D.1987. Terrestrial Plant Ecology. Second Edition. Benjamin Publishing Company Inc. California. 634 pp.
- Bush, M. B 2000. Ecology of a Changing Planet. 2nd Edition. Upper Saddle River New Jersey. 498 pp.
- Neil, B., Hales, D.J., Underwood, E., Dinerstein, E., Olson, D., Schipper, I. J., and Newman, R. 2004. Terrestrial Eco-regions of Africa and Madagascar. A Conservation Assessment. Island Press Washington. 501 pp.
- Groom, M.J., Meffe G.K. and Carroll, C.R. 2006. Principles of Conservation Biology. Sinaner Associates, Sunderland 3rd Edition. 779 pp.
- Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 2005. Ecosystems and Human Well-being Synthesis. Washington, D.C. Inland Press 550 pp