Ecosystem Function & Services
Run by School of Natural Sciences
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Lars Markesteijn
Overall aims and purpose
This module will cover aspects of biodiversity, soil science, and matter cycles (water, nutrient and carbon) within an ecosystem context. The processes which define ecosystems will be used to illustrate the services they deliver, particularly biomass and carbon sequestration. The module will give and overview of biodiversity, ecosystem development, soil formation and properties, carbon and nutrient fluxes in ecosystems and plant tolerance to abiotic stress, as well as case studies of a range of ecosystem types.
1. Introduction ecosystem concepts and matter flows
2. Ecosystem services
3. Ecosystem development
4. Ecosystem Function & Biodiversity models
5. Ecosystem productivity
6. Ecosystem collapse
7. Climate and microclimate
8. Soil formation
9. Soil mineralogy and weathering
10. Soil organic matter and chemical properties
11. Ecosystem productivity
12. Food webs and belowground biodiversity 13. Above and belowground biodiversity
14. Root processes 15. Plant water relations 16. Plant reproduction 17. Plant structure 18. Photosynthesis types, pigments, environmental control 19. Plant stress tolerance I (moisture stress) 20. Plant stress tolerance II (heat and cold) 21. Temperate grasslands 22. Mangroves 23. Wetlands and salt marshes 24. Polar ecosystems
a) Wetland Ecology and GHG
b) Soil Field Trip
c) Water Quality - Nitrate practical
d) Plant Reproduction
Grade D- to C+ Understanding of the concepts of ecosystem and their developments, soils and soil properties, and element fluxes in ecosystems.
Grade B- to B+ Good understanding of the concepts of ecosystem and their development, soils and soil properties, and element fluxes in ecosystems. The ability to interlink the ecosystems, soils and element fluxes.
Grade A- and above In depth understanding of the concepts of ecosystem and their development, soils and soil properties, and element fluxes in ecosystems. Understanding of the complexity of ecosystem and how biodiversity, soils and element fluxes determine the properties of ecosystems, as well as and understanding of these in key ecosystems.
Understanding of the concept of ecosystems and their dynamic nature.
Understanding of soils and soil development.
Understanding of the process involved in ecosystems carbon fluxes, such as photosynthesis, food webs and decomposition.
Appreciation of the ecosystem function of a number of key ecosystems.
|Prac 1 - Field (Wetlands)||15|
|Prac 2 - Field (Soils)||15|
|Prac 3 - Lab (Plants)||15|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
27 * 1 hour lectures (2-3 per week over 12 weeks).
4*4 hour practicals
Private and guided self-study
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
Subject specific skills
- Conduct fieldwork and/or laboratory work competently with awareness of appropriate risk assessment and ethical considerations
- Recognize and apply appropriate theories and concepts from a range of disciplines.
- Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Collect and record data generated by a diverse range of methods.
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/dxx-1001.html
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- C183: BSC Appl.Terrestrial & Marine Ec 4 year 1 (BSC/APTME)
- C180: BSc Appl. Terrestrial &Marine Ec year 1 (BSC/ATME)
- C184: BSc App Terrestrial & Marine Ecology with Intl Experience year 1 (BSC/ATMEIE)
- D503: BSc Conservation with Forestry with International Experience year 1 (BSC/CFIE)
- 5DKD: BSc Conservation with Forestry year 1 (BSC/CWF)
- 5DLD: BSc Conservation with Forestry (four year) year 1 (BSC/CWF4)
- D447: BSC Environmental Conservation year 1 (BSC/ECON)
- D448: BSC Environmental Conservation year 1 (BSC/ECON4)
- D451: BSc Environmental Conservation (International Experience) year 1 (BSC/ENIE)
- F900: BSC Environmental Science year 1 (BSC/ES)
- 8U71: BSc Environmental Science (with International Experience) year 1 (BSC/ESIE)
- D501: BSc Forestry (with sandwich placement) year 1 (BSC/F)
- D502: BSc Forestry with International Experience year 1 (BSC/FIE)
- D500: BSC Forestry year 1 (BSC/FOR)
- F803: BSc Geography with Environmental Forestry year 1 (BSC/GEF)
- F804: BSc Geography with Environmental Forestry year 1 (BSC/GEF4)
- F850: Master of Environmental Science year 1 (M/ENVSCI)
- D512: MFor Forestry year 1 (MFOR/FOR)
- D514: MFor Forestry with International Experience year 1 (MFOR/FORIE)
- D513: MFor Forestry (with placement year) year 1 (MFOR/FORP)
Optional in courses:
- F842: BSc Marine Geography year 1 (BSC/MARG)