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Biomonitoring and Biodiversity Conservation

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Biomonitoring and Biodiversity Conservation

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Academic year 2021/2022

Teachers
Prof. Francesca Bona (Tutor)
Prof. Sandro Bertolino (Lecturer)
Prof. Simona Bonelli (Lecturer)
Dott. Daniel Edward Chamberlain (Lecturer)
Prof. Giovanna Cristina Varese (Lecturer)
Year
1st year, 2nd year
Teaching period
Annuale
Type
Basic
Credits/Recognition
4
Course disciplinary sector (SSD)
BIO/02 - systematic botany
BIO/05 - zoology
BIO/07 - ecology
Delivery
Formal authority
Language
Italian
Attendance
Obligatory
Type of examination
Written
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Sommario del corso

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Course objectives

The "Biomonitoring and Biodiversity Conservation" course aims at providing basic notions on field sampling methods to assess the integrity of Alpine environments and main threats at local and global scale. Students will participate in several field activities concerning microorganisms, insects, birds, and mammals.

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Results of learning outcomes

Students will learn concepts and applications of biomonitoring techniques applied to  Alpine ecosystems and possible strategies for habitat integrity and biodiversity conservation.

The course is designed as a summer school in the heart of the Alps and is aimed at increasing important soft skills of PhD students such as  Teamwork, Communication, Problem-solving, and Critical thinking

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Program

The course is organized into two full days, on 27th and 28th June 2022 in Ostana, at the Alpstream Research Center

27th June

Introduction to Aquatic fungi (Prof G.C. Varese) h 9.30-12.30

  • Introduction: The importance of aquatic fungi (classroom)
  • Sampling of aquatic fungi (classroom/field)
  • Practicum on fungal isolation and microscopic observation (Alpstream lab)
  • Class discussion

 

Sampling of Mammals (Prof S. Bertolino) h 14-18

  •  Controlling camera traps in the field
  • Use of camera traps for monitoring mammal species: communities, populations, activity rhythms

28th June

Introduction to Alpine Ornithology (Prof Dan Chamberlain)  8:00-12.00

  • Introduction: The importance of accurate biodiversity monitoring
  • Theory of detectability and distance sampling · Alpine ornithology in the field – natural history and identification
  • Measuring habitat, use of GPS · Point count surveys
  • Class discussion

 

European Butterfly Monitoring Scheme  (Prof Simona Bonelli) 13:00-17:00

  • Presentation in classroom
  • The Pollard walk in practice in the field 
  • Data entering in classroom
  • Discussion of results in the classroom
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Course delivery

The course is organised in two days  in Valle Po (Parco del Monviso) at Alpstream  Centre in Ostana (Cuneo) at the altitude range of 1200 – 1800 m asl. The PhD school will arrange the accommodation for the night between the 27th and the 28th of June.

Suggested readings and bibliography

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Notes

To participate you should:

1)enroll through campusnet (see below "registering for the course"), deadline 10th May (max 18 participants);

AND

2) fill the excel spreadsheet on https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1L-pNpsPlTW-N6aeuuTrknW8rrrVKu2wS?usp=sharing

 You can find directions on the Webex meeting recording:

Registrazione riunione Webex: Sala riunioni personale di Francesca Bona-20220411 1202-1
Collegamento registrazione: https://unito.webex.com/unito/ldr.php?RCID=a559afb1c3e95c34abd5c5772bd9ae74

 

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Further information

https://piter.terresmonviso.eu/it/news/summer-school-del-dottorato-sbba-unito-ad-alpstream/
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    Enrollment opening date
    15/04/2022 at 00:00
    Enrollment closing date
    10/05/2022 at 23:55
    Maximum number of students
    18 (Once this number of students is reached, enrollment will no longer be permitted!)
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