Dynamics of Aquatic Ecosystems

EMBC+ MODULE 1: Understanding the structure and function of Marine Biodiversity

Characterization of aquatic ecosystems : distribution, determinant features, environmental factors and associated biological assemblages
Dynamics of aquatic communities: spatial variation (gradients & zonation), temporal variation (succession, logistic growth, intraspecific competition, deterministic chaos)
Processes structuring aquatic communities: interspecific competition, predation, harvesting, disturbance, patchiness, metapopulations, community assembly, food web dynamics
Analysis of major impact on aquatic ecosystems and their interdependences at the river basin
Integrated solutions for mitigation, restoration and adaptation of aquatic ecosystems functions under natural and anthropogenic impacts

Aquatic communities, spatial and temporal variations of aquatic ecosystems, management

• Knowledge about different types of aquatic ecosystems, their basic processes and dynamic functioning
• Understanding the interplay between environmental factors and biological processes
• Understanding the major environmental processes structuring the different aquatic assemblages
• Understand the dynamic of aquatic ecosystems as a base line for establishment of integrated and sustainable solutions for natural and anthropogenic impacts
• Have gained practical experience of ecological sampling of marine communities


1. Understand the key processes structuring marine communities and driving their dynamics
2. Be aware of the principles underpinning applied marine ecology in consultancy and management