MANDATORY COURSES

ECP 00123 – Masters Seminars (2 credits)

Presentation and discussion of an ongoing research topic related to the master's dissertation. Guidance in the techniques for the presentation of scientific papers. Mandatory for Master's students.

ECP 00124 – Doctoral seminars I (2 credits)

Presentation and discussion of special topics in the environmental area and research that still being carried out. Guidelines and techniques for presenting scientific papers. Mandatory for doctoral students

ECP 00125 – Doctoral seminars II (2 credits)

Presentation and discussion of special topics in the environmental area and research that still being carried out. Guidelines and techniques for presenting scientific papers. Mandatory for doctoral students.

ECP 0055 – POPULATION ECOLOGY: Theoretical Foundations of Population Dynamics (2 credits)

Prof. Dr. Gonçalo Ferraz

The course of Population Ecology presents an introduction to the ecological theory of population growth along with training in R programming and simulation of ecological data. The content begins with the presentation of the exponential population growth model, with all its simplifying assumptions, and progresses over seven classes, sequentially eliminating one premise at a time and exploring the consequences. The analytical reasoning practiced throughout the discipline is essential for any sub-area of ecology, while understanding the mechanisms of population growth is particularly important for understanding the processes that operate at the community level. In the morning, we will have two hours of theoretical classes and in the afternoon two and a half hours of practical classes, with breaks in both sessions. The practical component will be entirely developed in the R environment.

ECP 00127 – Theoretical foundation in community ecology (2 credits)

To present and discuss the existing theoretical bases in community ecology, based on the study of concepts and empirical studies focused on different taxonomic groups (plants and animals). With classic and contemporary studies, the course aims to establish a critical view of this area of knowledge as well as to consolidate its theoretical foundations.

ALTERNATIVE MANDATORY COURSES

ECP 0074 – Statistics applied to ecology I (4 credits)

Prof. Dr. Valério De Patta Pillar

 General concepts of bioenvironmental analysis, types of data, accuracy of measures. Fundamentals of matrix algebra. Description of sampling sizes, theoretical and empirical distributions of frequencies, probability, estimates. Optimization of objective-dependent sampling. Similarity measures of clusters, analysis of structured tables. Hypothesis tests, probabilistic inference through randomization tests. Probabilistic comparisons between sample and standard, between samples, between variables, experimental designs, analysis of multivariate variance, regression models. Use of applications for computer analysis

ECP 00117 - Introduction to the use of linear models in ecology

Prof. Dr. Adriano Melo

 Introduction to traditional techniques of univariate statistics (linear and multiple regression, t-test, simple factorial analysis of variance) using linear models. Residual analysis to assess whether the adjusted model is adequate and remedial measures (transformations). General topics for planning studies based on observation or experiments.