Adaptation to Human Environments

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Doel vak

This course addresses the potential and realized adaptation of organisms
to human impacted environments. We will focus on a number of distinct
types of anthropogenic environments that are globally widespread and
that are rapidly replacing natural environments through agriculture,
industry and urbanization. We will consider how this has led to the
formation of an evolutionary novel type of habitat: the anthropogenic
environment and discuss differences as well as similarities between
natural and anthropogenic habitats. Next we will identify important
selection pressures that are likely to be key drivers of anthropogenic
biodiversity. The final aim of the course is to understand whether and
how organisms adapt to human-altered environments and to use this
knowledge to improve, or manage biodiversity.

At the end of the course the student can:
a) Apply theory on community ecology to understand anthropogenic
b) Explain how species adapt to specific types of human activities
c) Understand the planetary boundary principle and describe benefits of
d) Design and carry out research on adaptation in human environments

Inhoud vak

- comparing anthropogenic and natural environments
- urban ecology / agroecology
- biodiversity of anthropogenic habitats
- planetary boundaries
- genetic adaptation
- developmental plasticity
- behavioural flexibility
- species interactions
- sensory pollution


Lectures (ca. 12 hr)
Seminar and/or practicals (ca. 90 hr)


Written examination (40%)
Oral and written assignments (60%)


online syllabus


BSc Biology (part of minor programme Evolutionary Biology and Ecology,
third year).

Aanbevolen voorkennis

All preceding ecological courses in the curriculum.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode AB_1219
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. W.H. Halfwerk
Examinator dr. W.H. Halfwerk
Docenten dr. W.H. Halfwerk
prof. dr. J. Ellers

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