Teaching

Current Courses

Joern Fischer

Sustainability Science


NOTE, 8 SEP: The very FIRST SESSION most likely will be ON ZOOM;

All FOLLOWING SESSIONS are planned to take place ON CAMPUS.

PLEASE READ YOUR EMAILS (the account you enrolled with) FOR UPDATES!

Email joern.fischer@uni.leuphana.de for questions.

NOTE, 4 SEP: COURSE FORMAT DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC --- In a non-pandemic year, a typical 90-min session would involve 45 min of input by Joern Fischer, plus 45 min of small group discussions. We will try to run this class in a similar way this year; with a few modifications to ensure that everyone is safe. According to current planning, THE CLASS WILL TAKE PLACE ON CAMPUS. We will use a relatively large lecture theatre, so that people are spaced from another at a safe distance. Instead of small group discussions, we will use the (less ideal) format of plenary level discussions. In the case of a worsening of the Covid situation during the semester, the class will be shifted to an online format. If you have questions about the current state of planning, please contact Joern Fischer for details. This note on course format is subject to change; please re-check mystudy and your email regularly.

Sustainable use of Earth’s resources in a time of global change is one of the central challenges for humanity in the 21st century. This seminar will be a mixture of lectures and discussion sessions to introduce key issues related to sustainability science for Masters students in this topic. Beginning with an overview of the existing theoretical foundations of sustainability science and research, the seminar deals with the historical development, current challenges and future potential of this research field. Key aspects include an examination of social-ecological systems, sustainable development, and global change. The interaction of disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research in sustainability science and the fundamentals of a problem- and solution-oriented research field are also discussed.

Ziel: This course is specifically designed for (primarily first year) Masters students in Sustainability Science, and will cover a wide range of topics, thereby providing a general entry to the growing arena of sustainability science. By the end of the course, students will have a clear conceptual understanding of the background and purpose of sustainability science, including the analysis of social-ecological systems, and its context in global society.

Colloquium Social-ecological system research


Das Kolloquium wird inhaltlich verschiedene Methoden, Ansätze und Ergebnisse sozial-ökologischer Forschung behandeln und unterschiedliche Formate anbieten: Studierende präsentieren ihre Forschungsvorhaben und/ oder Ergebnisse, die dann mit den Betreuuenden und anderen Forschern diskutiert werden können

Ziel: Ziel der Veranstaltung ist ein Austausch zwischen den Forschenden und Promovierenden, aber auch eine Präsentation des Promotionsvorhabens und eine Reflexion über die Fortschritte der Promotion

Writing a journal article (Dr. phil / Dr. rer. pol. / Dr. rer. nat)


NOTE ON COURSE FORMAT, SEPTEMBER 2020: The format of this class will be adjusted based on the COVID situation at the time. Please read your emails regularly, and check again on mystudy, for updates.

Positioning yourself for an academic career requires publishing in international, peer-reviewed journals. This block course is intended to help you develop the skills to prepare an article for an international journal. There will be a mixture of activities, including a minimum of ‘lecturing’, but mostly a range of interactive exercises. Some of the themes covered will include (i) structuring a paper, (ii) structuring a paragraph, (iii) writing concise sentences, (iv) matching word count and content, (v) writing an informative abstract, (vi) writing a cover letter to a journal, and (vii) dealing with revisions and rejections. The course is offered in two sessions of two and three days respectively. The sessions are placed a few days apart to give students the opportunity to improve a piece of their writing (which they are working on anyway) in the break between sessions, on the basis of what they have learnt in the first session.

The course will draw on examples from the natural sciences and social sciences, with an emphasis on sustainability-related topics. However, similar writing principles apply to other disciplines, and students from all faculties are encouraged to apply.

All communication related to the course will be in English.

Further information about courses you will find the academic portal myStudy.

Conservation Biology

Introduction to conservation biology (graduate level) both at theoretical and experimental level (laboratory, field) Learn to write and present a scientific paper in conservation biology and/or ecology and/or environmental modelling (in English)

1. What is Conservation Biology?
2. Patterns and processes of biodiversity
3. Possible themes for “scientific papers”
4. Loss of biodiversity
5. Threats to biodiversity
6. Habitat fragmentation, landscape connectance, mark-recapture experiments, estimation of population sizes using mark-recapture experiments (Jolly-Seber), analyses of guild structures, conserving of ecosystem engineers
7. Conservation genetics (lecture), microsatellite DNA variation (DNA isolation, amplification), allozyme electrophoresis (incl. analyses of results) (laboratory)
8. Approaches to solving conservation problems
9. Conservation biology and global change biology
10. Field exercises (Wendland: Natura 2000 protected saproxylic beetle and its protection strategies; Fehmarn: coastal habitats, together with the course Frontiers in Ecosystem and Biodiversity Research)

Find more information on myStudy.