The course aims to provide students with an introduction to the ecology of aquatic organisms, with particular focus on the autocology of selected model organisms. Food chains, the fight for resources, and reciprocal effects through predation, parasitism and symbiosis will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on the establishment of races and species in relation to the adaptation of an organism to its living environment. In particular, fish will be used to describe the importance of behavioural ecology in stock assessment and establishment of management procedures.
At the beginning of the course the students will get an introduction to statistical analyses and practical exercises in using R and R Studio (coordination with BIO207 and BIO204).
On completion of the course the student shall be able to account for the functional ecology of water-based organisms, with the main focus being on certain model freshwater organisms. Central knowledge about food chains, the fight for resources and the mutual influences of different species on each other through predation, parasitism and mutualism must be mastered. The students shall also be able to account for species formation in relation to the environmental adaptation of an organism.