New TSU MOOC about biological diversity is now live at Coursera Platform

17 May 2016

Leading international education online platform Coursera welcomes learners at the TSU course Biological Diversity (Theories, Measures and Data sampling techniques)

The course author is Roberto Cazzolla Gatti, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Biological Institute and Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Ecology and Biological Diversity, Tomsk State University.

The course presents an overview of the theory behind biological diversity evolution and dynamics and of methods for diversity calculation and estimation. Understanding how biodiversity evolved and is evolving on Earth and how to correctly use and interpret biodiversity data is important for all students interested in conservation biology and ecology, whether they pursue careers in academia or as policy makers and other professionals (students graduating from our programs do both). Academics need to be able to use the theories and indices correctly, whereas policy makers must be able to understand and interpret the conclusions offered by the academics.

The course has the following expectations and results:

  • covering the theoretical and practical issues involved in biodiversity theory,

  • conducting surveys and inventories of biodiversity,

  • analyzing the information gathered,

  • and applying their analysis to ecological and conservation problems.

The course is available here

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