Applied Ecology

Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES
Academic year when starting the degree: 
2017/2018
Year: 
3
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
2019/2020
Course type: 
Supplementary compulsory subjects
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
6
Period: 
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
64
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (32 hours), Exercise (32 hours)
Requirements: 

Knowledge of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and General Ecology is recommended.

The final exam is written. Three open questions in around one hour

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

Concepts, principles and basic laws of ecology are used to evaluate the alterations of the biogeochemical cycles and of ecosystems self-regulation due to human activities. Diagnostic and recovery tools of ecosystems are provided within the framework of existing legislation. Biological methodologies are discussed for quality evaluation and management of ecosystems. Moreover the close link between the management/environmental protection and the economy in order to introduce some of the principles of sustainable development is .
Students at the end of the present course have the theoretical and practical skills about the major changes led by different human activities on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; they are able to address and discuss different case studies that exemplify the different forms of existing pollution such as eutrophication, acidification, contamination by micro-pollutants of soils and water bodies in populated remote areas. They will demonstrate to know the study methods of biotic and abiotic components of the different environmental compartments, prevention policies and regulatory tools for a better management and recovery of the environment.

Introduction (8 hours)
Quality and quantity of the resources at a global and regional levels
Water ecosystem (16 hours) ( trophic loads, cultural eutrophication, the problem of toxic algae)
Recovery of aquatic environments (liming, biomanipulation)
Pathogens
Remote environments and acid rain,
organic loads (BOD, COD)
biological wastewater treatment
micropollutants in the aquatic environment
legislative protection of water
Soil ecosystem (16 hours)
characteristics of soils and fauna
land use in agriculture (intensive agriculture and conservation)
urbanization
soil contamination
legislative protection of soils

Ecologia applicata Galassi et al., Citta’ Studi Ed.

Ecologia applicata Cunningham, Cunningham, Saigo McGraw Hill
Ecologia applicata Roberto Bargagli Amon Ed
Microinquinanti organici S. Galassi

Convenzionale

The course is composed by lectures and mandatory experiences in the field. If students cannot take part at the experiences in the field he/she will have to contact the teacher to find alternatives way of compensation

Students are welcome before and after the lectures or in any times sending an email to roberta.bettinetti@uninsubria.it

Professors

CASTELNUOVO NICOLA