Brief description of the course
Vegetation and its elements. Plant communities (basic
characteristics, composition, structure, description, dynamics,
classification). An overview of Estonian main life communities:
seas, lakes, rivers, forests, meadows, swamps and anthropogenic
habitats - their characteristics, historical development,
distribution, environmental factors, ecology, classification and
characteristic species. Systematics of Estonian biota, distribution
and ecological peculiarities. Estonian biota in pictures and sound -
accent to more attractive and common species. Estonian biota and
life communities today's condition and the factors affecting it.
Issues of flora and fauna conservation. The course includes
different videos and sound recordings.
The program topics, which are not covered in the lectures, as well
as topics requiring in-depth knowledge are passed by themselves
with the help of literature. Homework submitted to the Moodle
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- can describe Estonian main terrestrial and water communities (forests, meadows, swamps, lakes, rivers, sea and anthropogenic ecosystems), their history, distribution, classification and understands main ecological processes in these communities;
- knows typical species in Estonian main communities;
- has an overview of systematics and distribution of Estonian biota.
- understands the current state of Estonian biota and life communities and the factors affecting it.
- knows most common Estonian species according to pictures and sound.
- orient sources of information on Estonian life communities.