Gain an understanding of the natural world, how the web of life works, with illustrations from around the world.
FutureLearn, a UK platform owned by The Open University, offers the course “Introduction to ecosystems”. If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t, and makes it difficult to identify possible environmental threats to humans. In this course you will discover how organisms are linked together by complex interrelationships, how such links are studied and how the physical properties of a particular habitat interact with the organisms that inhabit it. Using case studies, you will come to learn how knowledge of ecosystems leads to understanding of their individual importance, and how they can be preserved.
Starting date: 19th May 2014
Please see also: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/ecosystems-2014