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

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Exercise course: Ecological Experiments with Model Ecosystems (GCE:B2) (74022)

SS 2020

Anke Jentsch, Bernd Berauer


Starting date: Will be discussed during the Jour Fixe; t.b.a.

Learning Objective (Module B2): Topics in ecological research have become prominent in this module over the past years. In particular, experiments like BioDEPTH have proven to be very stimulating for theory formation. The results, however, have also been relevant for practical use. Goal of this module is, therefore, an in-depth look at the relationship between biodiversity and ecological complexity and eco-system functions. This will be taught by using data as well as at the theoretical level. 

Course Content: Using model ecosystems as an example, the basic mechanisms showing a relationship between biodiversity and eco-system functions will be discussed. Guided by instructors, students will collect and evaluate data. In doing so, students will learn about the limitations of experimental approaches, while also showing how this contributes to gain of knowledge. Students will become familiar with different methods of collecting and evaluating data.

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