An introduction to ecophysiology - plants and animals
The course provides you with a broad introduction to the research discipline of eco-physiology, which studies how plants and animals are affected by and adapts to the surrounding environment. The aim is to give a good overview and understanding of the chemical and physical variables that restrict and affect various physiological mechanisms. These include, for example, temperature, humidity, salinity, oxygen levels and oxidative stress, and pH. Particular emphasis is placed on environmental factors that are affected by humans on a global scale, such as carbon dioxide concentration and temperature. Also physiological mechanisms that are important on the ecosystem level are treated. The course also aims to give you an introduction to scientific methodology in eco-physiological research, which in turn develops an understanding of how scientific knowledge that supports society's environmental activities has been developed.
The course constitutes together with ES2613 (Global change - problems, analysis, actions) the introduction of the master profile in eco-physiology in the master´s program in biology, but it can also be read as an independent course in biology or environmental science.