Biological Diversity (Theories, Measures and Data sampling techniques)

Roberto Cazzolla Gatti Ph.D., Associate Professor in Ecology and Biodiversity Biological Diversity and Ecology Laboratory, Bio-Clim-Land Centre of Excellence, Biological Institute TSU

Национальный исследовательский Томский государственный университет

The course presents an overview of the theory behind biological diversity evolution and dynamics and of methods for diversity calculation and estimation. We will become familiar with the major alpha, beta, and gamma diversity estimation techniques.
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.


Лекция: 1.1. The web of life
Лекция: 1.2. Species interactions and biodiversity
Лекция: 1.3. The evolution of biodiversity
Лекция: 1.4. The structure of biodiversity
Лекция: 1.5. The distribution of biodiversity in macroscale
Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Suggested readings – Module 1
Оцениваемый: Quiz – Module 1

key words, tags

biological diversity, evolution, biology, ecology

Course properties

Competition track
Science and engineering
Form of education
Formal education level
Undegraduate, Graduate, Postgraduate, Professional development
Recommended age for informal learning
19-25, 25-45, 45-65, 65+
Learning language
Biology, Statistics
Course authors
Roberto Cazzolla Gatti Ph.D., Associate Professor in Ecology and Biodiversity Biological Diversity and Ecology Laboratory, Bio-Clim-Land Centre of Excellence, Biological Institute TSU
Национальный исследовательский Томский государственный университет
Organization characterization
Юридический адрес: Российская Федерация, 634050, г. Томск, пр. Ленина, 36. Факс: (3822) 529 585 Ректор Галажинский Эдуард Владимирович Тел.: 529 852, Президент Майер Георгий Владимирович Тел.: 529 499, e-mail:
Knowledge level entrance requirements
Needed Learner Background: - basics of Ecology and Calculus - good understanding of English
Output knowledge, abilities, skills
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.
Career list corresponds to course
Биология, экология, природопользование
Entrance test
Groups formation by readiness level
Teachers presence
Tutors presence
Facilitators presence
Training materials forms
texts, multimedia, video lecture, synchronous video, quiz questions, sample exam
Interactivity in training materials
Collaborative learning presence
Discussions, forums presence
Webinars, video conferences presence
meetup presence
LMS integration
Learning Analytics
Certification presence
Certification types
Сертификат о прохождении курса
Certificate name
Подтверждённый Сертификат COURSERA о прохождении курса (COURSERA & Национальный исследовательский Томский государственный университет)
Certificate recognition
Сертификат о прохождении курса на Coursera можно прикрепить к резюме на LinkedIn и других рекрутинговых сайтах, они высоко ценятся работодателями. Кроме того, многие западные университеты уже учитывают пройденные онлайн-курсы при отборе абитуриентов.
Course time limits
6 (weeks)
Learning types (sync/async)
Assessment types
Module unit
Course modules number
Tests (exams) number
Personal learning path possibility, course individualization
Operating System
Supported browsers
Learner’s devices
ПК, ноутбук, мобильные устройства
устройства ввода информации, устройства отображения информации, устройства воспроизведения звука
Special needs support