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Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat., Dipl.-Biologe Werner Härdtle

Ecosystems and Biological Diversity - Field excercise


Die Freilandübung vermittelt Grundkenntnisse der lebensraumtypischen Arten und geobotanische Methoden zur Beurteilung von standortökologischen Zusammenhängen. Darüber hinaus werden am Beispiel ausgewählter FFH-Lebensraumtypen regionale Naturschutzmaßnahmen und Renaturierungsansätze vorgestellt und diskutiert.

Ziel: Die Studierenden sind befähigt, wichtige FFH-Lebensraumtypen im Gelände zu erkennen und deren kennzeichnende Arten zu benennen. Sie verstehen grundlegende standortökologische Zusammenhänge und sind in der Lage Gefährdungsursachen zu identifizieren, Lebensraumtypen auf nationaler und europäischer Ebene zu beurteilen sowie praxisrelevante Lösungsansätze des modernen Arten- und Biotopschutzes zu finden.

Ecosystem processes: Biogeochemical perspective (Exercises)


This module aims at an advanced understanding of (terrestrial) ecosystem processes from a biogeochemical point of view. Both lectures and lab exercises will have a particular focus on biogeochemical processes in soils as well as global change impacts on biogeochemical processes in terrestrial ecosystems.

Contents of the lab exercises:

- Soil reaction: acidity and alcalinity

- Soil organic matter

- Nitrogen and phosphorus economy of soils

- Macronutrient elements Ca, Mg and K

- Modelling ecosystem nutrients stores (above- and belowground)

- Exchange capacity of soils

- Soil water: characteristics and behaviour

- Soil classes and bulk density

Ziel: This module aims to deepen an understanding of (terrestrial) ecosystem processes from a biogeochemical point of view. The module in particular will highlight (interactive) processes between soils, plants and other components of terrestrial ecosystems. Lab exercises will complement lectures and will impart knowledge on current methods aiming at an analysis of soil ecological processes including an introduction to experimental approaches addressing an assessment of human impacts on processes and biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial ecosystems.

Students with a successful completion of this module will have an advanced knowledge of biogeochemical processes in ecosystems. This knowledge is an important prerequisite to meeting the many natural-resource challenges that will face humanity in the 21st century. Moreover, students will possess special skills to address current questions in (soil) ecological research and to set up experiments aiming at an analysis of biogeochemical processes in ecosystems.

Students will improve their scientific collaboration and their self-organisation, the presentation of scientific results, and will learn skills for the preparation of their master thesis.

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