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Biodiversity and Environmental Biology

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What is the objective of the course? What is it?
What does it train you for?

The Course completes the biological knowledge acquired with the Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences and other Courses dealing with naturalistic and environmental topics, and improve the professional skills related to the protection, the enhancement and the management of biological resources and natural systems. The aim is to train experts with an advanced scientific and technical specialization on animal and plant biodiversity of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, with particular reference to the analysis and evaluation of biological and anthropic phenomena which influence biodiversity, regulate the ecological interactions and the dynamic responses of livings in relation to the environmental characteristics and quality, determine the functionality of natural ecosystems and the sustainable management of biological resources.

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What do you learn?

The training course involves the improvement of zoological and botanical knowledge and skills under taxonomic, phylogenetic and bio-molecular perspective; the deepening understanding of the evolutionary processes; the study and interpretation of environment-living organism's interactions with reference to structural and functional adaptations, reproductive and development processes, behavioural features, conservation issues and anthropogenic impacts; the study of applied molecular biology techniques; the study of bioactive molecules and related pharmacological and toxicological aspects; the knowledge of modern methods of analysis and techniques for the acquisition and evaluation of data related to characterization of animal and plant species, qualitative and quantitative monitoring of biodiversity and environmental biomonitoring; the acquisition of teaching methods for the school teaching of life science.

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What can you do with it?

Graduates in Biodiversity and Environmental Biology will be able to practice the professions of Botanist, Zoologist, Biologist and Ecologist. Graduates will also be able to enrol in the National Order of Biologists (section A), after passing the State Exam. Job opportunities concern employees or freelance activities at: - Public and private bodies involved in the characterization and valorisation of biological resources, environmental biomonitoring, risk assessment and environmental impacts, biodiversity conservation, environmental improvement and restoration, biological control. - Laboratories and companies for the identification of animal and plant species useful for applications in various production sectors. - Naturalistic museums, botanical or zoological gardens, management authorities of parks and nature reserves, historical gardens, and germplasm banks for the management and enrichment of biological collections and / or for naturalistic promotion, environmental education, and ecotourism activities. - Publishing for naturalistic dissemination and scientific communication - Secondary school degree and high school degree depending on current legislation (teaching, teacher training, environmental education projects).