2017-2018 / ENVT2044-1

General ecology


24h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in bioengineering2 crédits 
 Master in agroecology (120 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in agricultural bioengineering (120 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in bioengineering : chemistry and bio-industries (120 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in environmental bioengineering (120 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in forests and natural areas engineering (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Grégory Mahy, Arnaud Monty


Grégory Mahy

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

THEMES : Spation temporal structure and regulation of ecological systems from the individuals to the ecosystems. Ecological methods at the hierarchical organisational level of ecological system. Interactions between human activities and ecological processes. MAIN CHAPTERS 1. What is (and is not) ecology ? 2. Autecology : the organisms within the environment. Ecological amplitude, adaptation, climate and biomes, ecological niche. 3. Population ecology : what is a population, population structure, population dynamics and regulation, dispersal. 4. Community ecology : community structure, species richness and diversity, the bioidversity crisis. 5. Ecosystems : structure and energy flow, trophic network, nutrient cycling, climate change.


Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Identify the main components of biodiversity in a structured way and use adequately the specific vocabulary
Analyze the relationships between the different elements of the living communities and the biotope, in coherence with the functionning of ecosystems
Identify the main variables of a ecological system and develop quantification skills in the context of a sustainable management of biological resources

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Main teaching Conferences

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)


Recommended or required readings

Ricklefs & Miller. 2005. ECOLOGIE. Edition De Boeck Université, Bruxelles. ISBN 2-7445_0145-X. Bibliothèque centrale. Ricklefs RE. 2007 The Economy of Nature - Fith edition. Freeman and Company, New York. ISBN 0-7167-7762-2.
The slideshows presented are made available through Blackboard.

Assessment methods and criteria

January: Written examination (100%)
September: Written examination (100%)
All the lectures an seminars are part of the matter for the examination.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Biodiversity and Landscape Unit Grégory Mahy g. mahy@ulg.ac.be 081 62 22 45 Arnaud Monty arnaud. monty@ulg.ac.be 081 62 23 86