Module 2.4 – Explain and apply the concept and measures of diversity


Course Description

Overall objectives of Module 2.4 are to enhance students’ knowledge and comprehension of measures of diversity and their application to forest ecosystems at multiple spatial scales. Key topics include distinctions among measures of alpha-, beta-, and gamma-biodiversity and their applications, land mosaics and associated patch dynamics, island biogeography theory, genetic diversity as a function of patch size and distribution, and patch size effects on ecosystems.

Specific objectives are to enable participants to: Describe the relationship between diversity and ecosystem structure and function; Describe the interaction between forests, fish, and wildlife; and Describe various measures of diversity at different spatial scales.

Course Schedule

This course involves a combination of recorded lectures, readings, assignments and participation in semi-synchronous online discussion forums and synchronous tutorials with instructors and other participants over an 8-week period

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