Population Ecology: Theories and Applications, 9 credits (NBID57)

Ekologisk teori och dess tillämpningar, 9 hp

Main field of study



Second cycle

Course type

Programme course


Tom Lindström

Director of studies or equivalent

Agneta Johansson

Available for exchange students

Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6MECO Ecology and the Environment, Master's Programme 1 (Autumn 2017) 2 1+2 English Linköping o

Main field of study


Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Ecology and the Environment, Master's Programme

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.


120 ECTS including 90 ECTS in Biology and a second course in Ecology.

Intended learning outcomes

To provide advanced knowledge of concepts and theories in population and community ecology and their applications to some important environmental problems. To prepare for research and to give experience in scientific writing (reports). After completing this course students should be able to give an account of and analyse how ecological systems are affected by different kinds of disturbances. Students should be able to perform viability and sensitivity analysis at the population and community level (risk assessments). Have improved her/his skills in both written and oral communication of scientific papers in the areas of relevance for the course. Have developed his/her ability to critically assess scientific papers, and make scientific judgements of primary data.

Course content

Structure and dynamics of populations and ecological communities in space and time. Applications of concepts and theories from these areas on some actual, important ecological problems, such as: protection of endangered species and biodiversity; biological control of pest species; sustainable harvesting of natural resources; effects of alien species on ecological communities; species reintroductions; the response of ecological communities to climate change and to habitat destruction and fragmentation; vulnerability and recovery ability of ecosystems subjected to different kinds of disturbances. Reading primary scientific literature within areas relevant for the course. Critical assessments and oral presentations of scientific literature.

Teaching and working methods

The course consists of lectures, seminars and computer exercises. The course is to a large extent based on independent work (individually and in small groups). Literature (theory) and results from computer exercises are presented and discussed at seminars and in written reports. Seminars are compulsory.


UPG1Computer Exercises and Seminar AssignmentsU, 3, 4, 59 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5


Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi

Director of Studies or equivalent

Agneta Johansson


Tom Lindström

Course website and other links

Education components

Preliminär schemalagd tid: 66 h
Rekommenderad självstudietid: 174 h

Course literature

Kompletterande litteratur

Akcakaya, Burgman & Ginzburg, (1999) Applied population ecology. 2nd ed.

Additional literature


Akcakaya, Burgman & Ginzburg, (1999) Applied population ecology. 2nd ed.


UPG1 Computer Exercises and Seminar Assignments U, 3, 4, 5 9 credits

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