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Biological Diversity (Theories, Measures and Data sampling techniques)

The course presents an overview of the theory behind biological diversity evolution and dynamics and of methods for diversity calculation and estimation. We will become familiar with the major alpha, beta, and gamma diversity estimation techniques. Understanding how biodiversity evolved and is evolving on Earth and how to correctly use and interpret biodiversity data is important for all students interested in conservation biology and ecology, whether they pursue careers in academia or as policy makers and other professionals (students graduating from our programs do both). Academics need to be able to use the theories and indices correctly, whereas policy makers must be able to understand and interpret the conclusions offered by the academics. The course has the following expectations and results: - covering the theoretical and practical issues involved in biodiversity theory, - conducting surveys and inventories of biodiversity, - analyzing the information gathered, - and applying their analysis to ecological and conservation problems. Needed Learner Background: - basics of Ecology and Calculus - good understanding of English

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Rating 4.3 based on 20 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week
Starts Aug 24 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From National Research Tomsk State University via Coursera
Instructor Roberto Cazzolla Gatti
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Language English
Subjects Science Data Science
Tags Life Sciences Biology Data Science Data Analysis Basic Science

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biological diversity

This is a great course, very thorough and comprehensive introduction to Biological Diversity.

dr. roberto cazzolla

Special Thanks to Dr. Roberto Cazzolla Gatti of NRTS University; who was the backbone of the course.

es un curso

Es un curso bastante constructivo, ojalá exista otro como continuación de este.

any worked examples

This course is mainly about statistical methods used in the field of biodiversity, so at the end, you will have to use the formulas mentioned in lectures (without any worked examples), so if you are not comfortable with calculus, it's not for you.

by better understanding

At this point of time, when the climate change has gained pace and we are in a different world with erratic and unpredictable climate, it has become essential for us to set right the ecological balance, which is possible only by better understanding of biological diversity.

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Rating 4.3 based on 20 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week
Starts Aug 24 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From National Research Tomsk State University via Coursera
Instructor Roberto Cazzolla Gatti
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science Data Science
Tags Life Sciences Biology Data Science Data Analysis Basic Science

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