In this Master course (6 ECTS) I introduce the fundamental principles relevant to present-day and past distribution of plants. The aim is giving students the necessary biological knowledge to understand environmental and climate change and its relation to plant distribution.
The over-arching question is how changes in the environemnt affect biological processes from the level of individuals up to ecosystems.
This is a theoretical-practical course (6 ECTS) at the Bachelor level and it deals with flora identification and conservation. We provide the students with the necessary tools for the identification of the main groups of vascular plant taxa and provide knowledge about their evolutionary relationships, with a particular focus on the Mediterranean flora. The course includes a visit to the Museum herbarium at Sapienza University as well as practical excersises and excursions.
With this course (6 ECTS) we provide students with conceptual and methodological tools for the application of biological analyses to cultural heritage with a special focus on the use of ancient DNA-based techniques to investigate the origin of ancient artefacts, and their history. We teach the students how to identify and investigate the biological materials that make up archaeological artworks, how to identify the biological agents that deteriorate artworks and the strategies for cultural heritage conservation.
Aeneadum genetrix, hominum divumque voluptas,
alma Venus, caeli subter labentia signa
quae mare navigerum, quae terras frugiferentis
concelebras, per te quoniam genus omne animantum
concipitur vitisque, exortum lumina solis:
te, dea, te fugiunt venti, te nubila caeli
adventumque tuum, tibi suavis daedala tellus
summittit flores, tibi redent aequora ponti
placantumque nitet diffuso lumine caelum.
This is a PhD course (3 ECTS) were we give the students a good understanding of the causes and consequences of climate change, including potential effects on species and ecosystems, and also how ecosystem processes affect the climate.