General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Experimental Aquatic Ecology
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Sławomir Stanisław Cerbin
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Biology
Semester 2022/2023 (summer)
Duration 32


Module aim (aims)

- Introducing culturing techniques of aquatic organisms;

- Familiarize with experimental approach in solving ecological problems;

- Training in experimental design and data analyses;

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Basic knowledge in ecology


Week 1: Overview of Culturing and Experimental Techniques in Aquatic Ecology (Lecture: 2h); Cultivation Techniques of Experimental Organisms (Laboratory: 3h);

Week 2: The Role of Light and Temperature in Aquatic Ecosystems (Lecture: 2h); The Effect of Light on Interspecific Interactions – Part 1 (Laboratory: 3h);

Week 3: The Experimental Approaches to Food-Web Studies (Lecture: 2h); The Effect of Temperature on Interspecific Interactions – Part 2 (Laboratory: 3h);

Week 4: Experiments Design, Data Analyses and Interpretation (Lecture: 2h) The Role of Body Size on Prey – Predator Interactions (Laboratory: 3h);

Week 5: Feeding Rates of Grazers on Phytoplankton (Laboratory: 3h);

Week 6: Inducible Defences Against Herbivory/Predation (Laboratory: 3h);

Week 7: Designing and conducting own experiment (Laboratory: 3h);

Week 8: Designing and conducting own experiment – data analysis and interpretation (Laboratory: 3h);

Reading list

Wetzel R.G., Likens G.E. Limnological analyses. Springer, ISBN:0-387-98928-5;

Lampert W., Sommer U. Limnoecology. Oxford University Press, ISBN: 9780199213931;

Ruxton G.D., Colegrave N., Experimental Design for the Life Sciences. Oxford University Press, ISBN: 978-0-19-928511-2