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

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Lecture: Development and Change of Biodiversity (B1a) (74020)

WS 2022/2023
Tu.: 10:00-12:00, S 22 (GEO)

Carl Beierkuhnlein


Starting date: 18 October, 2022

(also for MSc-Geoöko:PM 5.8)

Learning ObjectiveModule 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.

The lecture deals with the evolution of variety on earth, prior major extinctions, the significance of the variety of ecosystem functions and current trends.

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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