This course focuses on the distribution of organisms, and examines the dynamics and assemblages of organisms. In this context, the ecosphere or the interaction between the living and non-living entities is central. Thus historical distributions, succession, and population dynamics are studied. The course also covers spatial aspects related to biodiversity, and pays attention to the influence of man as a biogeography agent. Biogeography methods will be introduced as part of the course. This course also includes some field work.
Course topics: Introduction; The ecosphere; Historical distribution; Quaternary biogeography; Major biomes; Island biogeography; Biodiversity; Man as an agent; and Biogeography methods.