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About the Course

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. 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. Needed Learner Background: - basics of Ecology and Calculus - good understanding of English...

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By Elizabeth S

May 31, 2019

Some of the suggested reading is behind paywalls. It would be helpful to have PDFs available to download through Coursera, rather than having to search for each title.

By John L

Sep 08, 2016

This course seems great, although plenty of errors in the audio transcript. The steepness of the learning curve increased very quickly and understandability decreased after week 3, which made me drop the course. I hope to be able to retake it some time in the future with the right mathematical skills.

By Shngainlang K

Mar 09, 2019

The course module is very simple and systematic

By Anthony C

Oct 24, 2018

Great course, the second half is all statistical equations, gives a good overview of seemingly every mathematical equation applicable to ecology. I'd rather learn a few equations in depth than a rushed overview of the entire realm of statistics... but it was useful and I appreciate having a much greater sense of the subject, and it will be a great reference for me in the future.

By Anna M

Mar 24, 2017

this course is pretty thorough as far as data sampling goes. The professor is clearly very well versed in the statistical methods. This course is mainly about statistical methods used in the field of biodiversity, so at the end, you will have to use the formulas mentioned in lectures (without any worked examples), so if you are not comfortable with calculus, it's not for you. The transcripts are helpful but often incomprehensible.

By Marco A

Dec 25, 2018

wonderful course, terrific instructor.

By Anhorak S

Aug 21, 2016

Es un curso bastante constructivo, ojalá exista otro como continuación de este.

By George C

Oct 26, 2016

This is a great course, very thorough and comprehensive introduction to Biological Diversity.


Jan 26, 2017

A well organized course from basics of biodiversity to the field requirements; it has covered the necessary methodologies. It was very useful. Special Thanks to Dr. Roberto Cazzolla Gatti of NRTS University; who was the backbone of the course.

By Борисов Е В

Feb 05, 2017

Excellent course

By Marina D

Jun 17, 2016

Lots of new information. Really great course!

By Untung S

Sep 29, 2016

Great Course!!!

By Rafael B S J

May 17, 2019

Love the course, thanks to all of you who made it possible

By Jeremiah H S S

Nov 14, 2018

No pdf


Jan 04, 2017

At this point of time, when the climate change has gained pace and we are in a different world with erratic and unpredictable climate, it has become essential for us to set right the ecological balance, which is possible only by better understanding of biological diversity.

By William M

Jan 02, 2017

A very interesting and clearly presented course. I would recommend this course anyone who is interested in the study of biodiversity.

By martin

Aug 17, 2016

Very nice, quick overview. Formulation of equations in Biology leaves a bit to interpretation but this is a systemic issue. The guy is obviously highly proficient and comfortable with the subject matter never falters in his delivery. Assignments are all quizzes and the whole thing can be completed without undue pain.

By Diego B

Jan 20, 2017

Subs are not always understandable.

By Akhilesh J

Feb 28, 2018

All the statistical techniques must be moved to quizzes and problem-solving. Data sets can be given from actual field or lab data to work on. The lectures can focus on the conceptual nuances and the biological implications/assumptions/caveats of the statistics. That would be more helpful.

By Sidra B

Dec 13, 2016

This course was very helpful but there is a need to discuss it more further in details.

By Camila G

Aug 24, 2019

The subjects are very interesting, but it is difficult to understand the professor. It was very frustrating that the quizzes weren´t graded unless you paid :/