Applied Methods in Community Ecology and Functional Ecology
- Lecturer(s) or Responsible(s): Paulo A. V. Borges & François Rigal (Azorean Biodiversity Group, cE3c)
- Department Responsible: DCA - University of Azores
- Data: February 8th, 2016 to February 12th, 2016
- Deadline for Applications: December 17th, 2015
- Duration: 36 hours
- Schedule: 9h-13h and 14h30-17h30 Monday-Thursday; 9h -13h and 14h30-18h30 Friday
- Nº (min, max) Students: 10 – 15
- Location: Departamento de Biologia Animal, Bloco C2, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande 1749-016 Lisboa
This is a mostly practical course offering an overview on different community ecology and macroecological methods and software. These will include all steps of a research project, from the optimal sampling of communities to process inference from large-scale patterns of taxon, phylogenetic and functional diversity. Specific topics will be: (1) alpha, beta and gamma diversity; (2) sampling biodiversity in all dimensions; (3) estimating diversity from incomplete sampling; (4) partitioning taxonomic beta diversity; (5) species-abundance distributions; (6) species-area relationships, (7) phylogenetic and functional diversity (alpha, beta and gamma) and (8) community-assembly rules. Finally, students will be asked to present own data and case studies.
This course can have a recognition of 6 ECTs for FCUL PhD students enrolling in it as part of their first doctoral year. For students only requiring 5 ECTs recognized in their specific PhD programmes the last 6 hours of the course are not mandatory and the certificate will be on 'TOPICS IN APPLIED METHODS IN COMMUNITY ECOLOGY AND FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY’
Minimum formation: “Licenciatura” (bachelor) in Biology, Geography or related areas; (very) basic knowledge of R is required.
Directed to: PhD or MSc students in Ecology, Geography or related areas, and postdocs and other professionals working in related topics.Directed to: PhD or MSc students in Ecology, Geography or related areas, postdocs and professionals working in related topics
- Partitioning diversity into independent alpha, beta and gamma components - basic concepts and software (Species Diversity & Richness IV).
- Strategies for sampling biodiversity in all dimensions with standardized protocols –description of projects, sampling methods and database construction (projects BALA, COBRA, NETBIOME)
- Estimating diversity from incomplete sampling - algorithms and applications (EstimateS, R, BAT, SDR).
- Partitioning beta diversity - multiplicative vs. additive measures of beta diversity and replacement vs richness differences components. Applications in PARTITION and R.
- Rarity and Species Abundance Distribution Models (SADs) with new applications in R.
- The abundance-distribution relationship - The unitary model of rarity (Taylor´s power law and abundance-occupancy models)
- Species-area relationships and Island Biogeography (Practical applications).
- Conceptual bases of functional and phylogenetic approaches in community ecology.
- Computing functional and phylogenetic diversity (overview of the different indices and different R packages available and introduction to null models)
- Student’s case studies.
Free for 1st year PhD students in the Doctoral programme in Biology (FCUL), Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (UL; UP) and Biology and Ecology of Global Changes (UL, UA); 20 € for PhD students from institutions of the PEERS network (cE3c, CEF); 100 € for FCUL Master students and unemployed; 150 € for BTI, BI and other PhD students; 200 € for Professional and postdocs.
Contacts for Inscription
Candidates should send a short CV and motivation letter explaining why they are interested in the course, including a brief description of their research projects. Send all information and requests to Paulo A. V. Borges (firstname.lastname@example.org).