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Graduate Program (M.Sc.) - Global Change Ecology

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Lecture/Seminar: Progress in Biogeography (B1b) (74021)

WS 2018/2019
We.: 12:00-14:00, S 25 (GEO)

Carl Beierkuhnlein, Martin Pfeiffer

L/S, 3 ECTS

Starting date: t.b.a

(also for MSc-Geoöko: FM3.3 and MSc-PhyGeo: W01)

(also for MSc-Environmental Geography Modul C1 Climate, Water, Vegetation)

Learning Objective: Module aim is to teach about development and distribution of the variety of life on earth. Students learn about the spatial features of organisms and biotic communities on different spatial scales. The role of biodiversity for a functioning ecosystem will be discussed along with global change and its impact. In the seminar „Progress in Biogeography“, current developments in Biogeography will be dealt with. Students gain practice in working with literature data banks and online-journals. Putting together and presenting a presentation trains students in the production of survey articles based on current scientific primary literature.

Course Content: Through global climate change, material flow, land-use and the linking between habitats will greatly impact the biodiversity on earth that has had millions of years to develop. Local, regional and global losses are the result. Possible consequences will be worked out in the course.  Biogeography is undergoing great change, as more and more questions about the complex relationships on a global scale are being asked. We will deal intensively with current methods of development. 


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