Theoretical and practical course, aimed at advanced graduate students, to deepen their knowledge in cyanoprokariotes and eukaryotic algae (CyEA) of pristine forest ecosystems. The course considers aspects of: CyEAs systematics theory and ecological interactions, considering applied bioindication aspects in water bodies. Aspects of hydrology of forests, flora and vegetation, soil and water, environmental microbiology, soil biology, biogeochemistry, are basic components for field work on Puyehue National Park.
The course will provide knowledge to evaluate the influence of the diversity of microalgae/cyanobacteria presented as biofilms/biocrust on various substrates (including soils), on the formation of terrestrial and freshwater habitats, as well as their effect initiating and controling the ecological processes in them. The temperate rainforest of southern Chile, which is particularly rich in several microhabitats that have not yet been sufficiently studied, will be used in this course as an example to explain general principles and answer research questions.
At the end of the course, the student/participant will have an overview of the basic theoretical principles of community ecology and biodiversity evaluation of cyanobacteria and eukaryotic algae (CyEA); basic practical experience in working with data from the molecular community of CyEA and in the selection of specific analysis tools appropriate for individual studies; knowledge of the essential scientific literature.
Acquire management and understanding of the patterns and processes of CyEA in ecology studies in temperate forest ecosystems. At the same time, provide an analytical knowledge base to recognize and predict the changes in space and time of the dynamics of biota and nutrients in pristine natural ecosystems. The spatial approach considers contemporary aspects of the relationship between environment and organisms, their functional role, distribution, and abundance.
- That the student acquire the language, concepts, and tools essential to understand, describe and analyze studies of CyEAs ecology in temperate forest ecosystems at different spatio-temporal scales.
- That the student is able to recognize and understand the ecological (and evolutionary) patterns and processes in temperate rainforests of Chile and the distribution and abundance of CyEAs, and their functional roles and environments in terrestrial natural ecosystems.
- That the student is able to understand and discuss the importance of the different biotic and abiotic factors that influence ecosystem processes on temperate rainforests.