MSA is in Syllabys on Terrestrial Ecology

MSA is in Syllabus of the subject ‘Terrestrial Ecology and Biological Monitoring Method’ – for the National Agricultural University (Kyiv, Ukraine). This semester students of NAU started study of Landscape Ecology subject with new elements i.e. pressure-based biodiversity modelling. For the purpose they use modern NAU-LRMC-MNP publication ‘LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY – TEXTBOOK ON APPLICATION OF PRESSURE-BASED BIODIVERSITY MODELING FOR NATIONAL AND REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES’. Authors: Vasyl I. Prydatko, Grygoriy O. Kolomytsev, Raisa I. Burda and Sergiy M. Chumachenko. Kyiv: NAU, 2008.— 100 pp. (eng), 174 pp. (ua). In a convenient format for self-study and self-testing for the first time for Ukrainian higher educational institutions the bilingual textbook (English-Ukrainian) provides the history of the issue, approaches and examples of thematic mapping-oriented modeling of the expected biodiversity taking into account the impacts on it within the context of GLOBIO Ukraine Region. It is based on rich groundwork of both national and foreign schools of modern landscape ecology, in their comparison. GLOBIO approaches are revealed for Ukrainian ecologists for the first time. The textbook also provides such approaches to biodiversity modeling as MSA, CLUE, EEBIO, LCCD_Bio, RS-GIS in terms of the region that are still little known to Ukrainian ecologists. After each unit there are questions for progress testing (in total 100). In annexes, there are 30 testing assignments and answer keys as well as examples of topics for independent, bachelor’s and master’s degree papers. The issue has a list of 169 sources of information (bibliographic description), which will ease the use of testing assignments and will be a good resource for further self-study of future ecologists. The textbook is also a contribution to the development of bioticGeoInformation science as a new trend in ecology.

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