Current Courses

Joern Fischer

Social-ecological systems thinking to integrate food security and biodiversity conservation

Ensuring food security for a growing human population and halting biodiversity decline are two of the most significant challenges of the 21st century. The two challenges are interrelated in numerous ways. Because of this, this course addresses the intersection of food security and biodiversity conservation through a social-ecological systems perspective. The course is a combination of lectures, student-led discussions and literature-based work by small groups of students. Assessment is individual.

Ziel: The seminar aims to provide students with skills in interdisciplinary sustainability science.

Conservation ecology

The conservation of species and ecosystems to support both the proper functioning of ecosystems and the provisioning of natural resources to humans is a major sustainability challenge. This course provides an introduction to conservation science and its importance to sustainability. Topics covered will include background on the science of conservation biology; key drivers of biodiversity decline; and challenges of biodiversity conservation in the real world. Specific topics, among others, include habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, the effects of climate change, and invasive species. Underpinning ecological concepts such as metapopulations and connectivity will also be discussed. The course will make links to core concepts/frameworks of sustainability science such as ecosystem services, social-ecological systems, and governance throughout.

The course will be taught through a combination of lectures and student-led discussion. For the discussions, students will organise in groups, select a current 'hot' topic, provide relevant literature for the other students to read before the class, and facilitate a structured discussion including a short presentation. Students will also write individual research papers on the significance of conservation biology for a specific sustainability topic.

Ziel: The course picks up one of the key cross-cutting challenges affecting human societies in the 21st century -- the rapid loss of biodiversity. By the end of the course, the students will have a clear understanding of the drivers of biodiversity decline, as well we key ecological concepts relevant to halting this decline. Students will also learn to present scientific information in English. Hands-on training will be provided for key research skills, including literature evaluation and scientific writing.

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

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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)

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