Ecology research at Env Tech covers the following fields:
- Ecological Process
- Ecosystem Services
- Environmental Microbiology
Research in Ecological Processes addresses the physical, chemical and biological actions or events that link organisms and their environment. These include decomposition, production (of plant matter), nutrient cycling, and fluxes of nutrients and energy. These processes are crucial for maintaining healthy ecosystems and supporting the long-term persistence of biodiversity.
In Ecosystem Services, research focuses on the services that benefit people from the natural environment and properly-functioning ecosystems. These include life-supporting services (such as the nutrient cycle, chlorophyll photosynthesis, soil formation and primary production); provisioning services (such as the production of food, drinking water, materials such as wood and combustibles); regulating services (such as climate regulation and regulation of the tides, hydrogeological order, purification of water, waste recycling, pollination and barrier for the diffusion of diseases) and; cultural values (among which aesthetical, spiritual, educational and recreational values).
Research in the field of Environmental Microbiology deals with the scientific study of microorganisms in the environment. This discipline includes air microbiology, soil microbiology and water microbiology.
The academic staff also apply what they learned from their research courses at the undergrad and postgrad levels. Courses that include the ecology field in its syllabus are: