Biodiversity and Plant Evolution
- Lecturer(s) or Responsible(s): Helena Cotrim and Manuela Sim-Sim (coordinators), Adelaide Clemente, Ana Isabel Correia, Cecília Sérgio, César Garcia, Joana Brehm and Maria Amélia Martins Loução (researchers at Museu Nacional de História Natural e Ciência and/or cE3c).
- Department Responsible: Organized by: Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (http://ce3c.fc.ul.pt) and Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência –MUHNAC
- Data: January 23rd, 2017 to January 27th, 2017
- Deadline for Applications: January 8th, 2017
- Duration: 36 hours (TP) of lectures and practical sessions
- Schedule: 9h-12h30 and 14h-17h30, Monday-Thursday; 9h-13h and 14h-18h Friday
- Nº (min, max) Students: 6-10
- Location: Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, MUHNAC. Rua da Escola Politécnica 56/58. 1250-102 Lisboa
On completion of the course, the students shall have acquired the following knowledge and understanding:
- Describe the main evolutionary acquisitions on groups of the plant kingdom and its adaptive significance.
- Comprehend the modern plant phylogeny and its sources of information.
- Explain the underlying evolutionary mechanisms of diversity and speciation in the plant kingdom.
- Describe the variety of pollination syndromes, reproductive systems and population structures presentin the plant kingdom, and explain the mechanisms underlying this diversity.
- Explain and critically analyse how the genetic diversity and evolutionary potential of plant populations are influenced by phenomena like phenotypic plasticity, seed banks, hybridization, polyploidy and postglacial colonization history.
- Formulate hypotheses and propose methods when studying evolutionary phenomena in wild plant species.
This course can have a recognition of 6 ECTs for FCUL PhD students enrolling in it as part of their first doctoral year. For FCUL PhD 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 Biodiversity and Plant Evolution’.
Minimum background: bachelor degree in Biology or related areasDirected to: PhD or MSc students in Biology, Evolution, Ecology or related areas, postdocs and professionals working in related topics
1. Evolutionary acquisitions in land plants (Embryophytes).3 h
2. Phylogeny of land plants. Contemporary sources of information for land plants systematic.4 h
3. Evolutionary processes and plant population structures. Phenotypic plasticity and adaptation. Ecotypes and clines. 2 h
4. Postglacial colonization history of plants in Europe and Atlantic islands. Genetic and biogeographic consequences. Phylogeography.3 h
5. Pollination and reproductive biology. Plant mating systems. Reproductive costs and strategies in the plant kingdom. Selective processes associated with fertilization and seed development. Evolutionary pressures shapping seed traits 3 h
6. Allopatric and sympatric speciation in the plant kingdom. Speciation through hybridization and chromosomal changes. Species concepts.2 h
7. Plant life histories: reproductive strategies and seed ecology: Biogeographical and evolutionary aspects of seed dormancy 2 h
8. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology of plants:
The Convention on Biological Diversity and the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation 3 h
Role of Natural History Museums in plant Biodiversity Conservation 3 h
Plant ex-situ conservation 3 h
Biodiversity and plant Conservation Biology 2 h
9. Theme presentation 6 h
Free for 1st year PhD students in the Doctoral program in Biology (FCUL), Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (BIODIV UL; UP) and Biology and Ecology of Global Changes (BEAG UL, UA) when the course counts credits for their formation, in which case the delivery of a final report done after the course is mandatory; 40 € for PhD students from institutions of the PEERS network (cE3c, CFE); 80 € for FCUL Master students and unemployed; 130 € for BTI, BI and other PhD students; 180 € for Professional and postdocs.
When the maximum number of students is reached 5 vacancies will be available for non-paying 1st year PhD students mentioned above, being, by order of preference: 1) cE3c students; 2) BIODIV students (not from cE3c); 3) FCUL students (not from cE3c); 4) BEAG students (not from FCUL).
Contacts for Inscription
Candidates should send a short CV and a motivation letter to Helena Cotrim at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org