Animal and Human Biology, and Ecology curriculum


The Curriculum provides a solid knowledge regarding the valorization of marine biodiversity with particular reference to fish and macro-invertebrate species that characterize the sea and inland waters of Sardinia.
Solid skills will be acquired related to the ability to:

  1. plan interventions for the prevention, management, protection and conservation of natural resources,
  2. assess the impact of anthropization,
  3. design programs of environment al restoration,
  4. carry out theoretical and experimental studies which will valorize seafood in quality and safety.

In addition, the Curriculum provides a solid knowledge concerning the definition of micro-evolutionary processes of human populations, in the light of molecular, anthropometric, biodemographic, and osteological data, and those arising from the ‘man-environment’ interactions.

More specifically, the learning objectives for the first year include:

  • The study of the natural environment in all its biotic and abiotic components for the analysis of processes, systems and productive problems with special attention to the marine and brackish ecosytems (sea and lagoons).
  • The study, conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean. In particular, the following main topics will be addressed: reproductive cycles, estimates of abundance, distribution, recruitment mechanisms and bio-ecological correlations for Mediterranean teleosts, crustaceans,cephalopods and selachian species.
  • The study of the anatomy of mammals and amphibians at various levels with particular attention to confocal laser microscopy on the innervation of the pancreas and the central nervous system.
  • The analysis and systematics of fossil remains of the human lineage in the process of homination and sapientization; applied research in the bioarchaeological field, in its osteological, paleo-demographic and molecular aspects; study of the evolution of cultures and subsistence strategies in their naturalistic aspects.
  • Reconstruction of the history of human settlement through the study of bio-anthropological and molecular markers; bio-demographic studies; biodiversity of human populations in relation to the processes of adaptation; human biology applications useful to understand the different susceptibility to disease in human populations; evaluation of anthropometric characteristics and body composition in relation to the life cycle and motor activities.
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