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

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Lecture: Disturbance Ecology (B3a) (74023)

WS 2019/2020
Mo.: 08:00-10:00, S 21 (GEO)

Anke Jentsch


Starting date: 21 October 2019

also for BSc-Geoöko: M13/ WV1 and BSc-Geogra: M B21

Learning Objectives: Module aim is to teach how ecosystems in all biomes are
affected by natural and anthropogenic disturbance regimes,
which create their own dynamics and temporary phenomena.
Temporary deviations appear in different measures and in
different qualities in all ecosystems. These can be necessary for
system sustainability and demand stability features, such as,
functional resilience, for example. This module tries to show the
significance of temporary variety in ecological systems. Due to
climate and land-use change, this is essential in order to
evaluate system behaviour and for the conception of adaptation

Course Content: Theory, methodology and application fields of Disturbance
Ecology as well as the relationship between disturbance or
deviation and vegetation dynamics are taught in this course.
The development in this field of ecological basic research is also
shown. Theories and hypotheses of Disturbance Ecology as
well as methodological approaches are covered. The
significance of Disturbance Ecology on ecosystem research,
conservation and land-use are also worked out. Temporary
variability of ecosystems, their rhythms and individual events are
discussed to illustrate the dynamics of ecological systems.

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