The students will learn the fundamentals in ecology with the goal to perceive the environment beyond its physical and chemical characteristics. Starting from basic concepts, they will acquire mechanistic understanding of biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and global change.
Inland waters are now being recognized are major players of global biogeochemical cycles. They also provide essential ecosystem services such as fresh water and fish, and link continental processes with atmospheric and marine processes. The understanding of the structure and function of inland water
Understand the functioning of rivers, focusing on hydrological, geomorphologic, biogeochemical and ecological components, and their linkages. Analyze impacts of global change on rivers ecosystems, develop skills related to synthesizing and interpreting literature and communicating science.