The first week is devoted to tutored sessions where the students learn the basics of multivariate analysis of communities using PRIMER and other tools. Each student is introduced in an individual dataset, species indexation and the calculation and application od biodiversity indexes, including functional and phylogenetic biodiversity. Finally we ask them to identify hot issues to do with biodiversity in their research area, and prompt them to collect bibliography and present a brief overview during the second week. These presentations are used to drive a discussion about the realtionship between biodiversity and function complexity and stability and other important theoretical issues.
Understanding of the marine environment as well as the use of the basic tools of multivariate analysis. It would be also appreciated to be familiar with the taxonomy and biology of marine species.
Basic understanding of the structure and functioning of marine communities.