The course will provide the necessary knowledge in order to understand the present distribution of living organisms on Earth. Basic information about historical and ecolosgical processes shaping the present bipogeographic pattern will be also provided. The main biogeographic partition of the Earth are discussed Particular attention will be given to the knowledge of Italian flora and fauna and to the understanding of the causes of their distribution. Methodological issues are taken into account from the recent biogeographic literature.
Expected learning outcomes
The student will acquire: basic knowledge of the main abiotic factors at global scale and of their role in shaping the distribution of living organisms basic knowledge of the main past geological events and of their role in shaping the distribution of living organisms knowledge of the concept of distribution range and ability of understanding its meaning knowledge of the main biogeographic partitions of planet Earth and of the main distribution patterns of selected animal and plant taxa.
Lesson period: First semester
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