Methods of Natural Sciences

Current Courses

Msc. Ing. Dalia Farghaly

Introduction to working with ARCGIS


The seminar provides an overview about the geographic information systems and is aimed at students who will work with spatial data within their work or their final thesis. They will learn how to install and use ARCGIS 10 in creating, querying and analyzing the spatial data and creating a map.

Ziel: Training the students how to use ARCGIS in their work.

Prof. Dr. Henrik von Wehrden

Research Project 1 (Seminar)


Main purpose of the module is the preparation of the transatlantic research projects. (a) students investigate their research interests through methods of experience based learning, such as transect walk and conceptual mapping. (b) through first transatlantic teamwork, students learn the use of tools for virtual collaboration and e-learning. (c) introduction to intercultural teamwork and project management.

Ziel: Students work on current knowledge about present sustainability challenges, their analysis and description. At the end of the module, students are able to describe topics for research possibilities from inter- and trandisciplinary perspectives and with systemic understanding of the problem.

Research Project 2 (Seminar)


Main purpose of the module is the beginning of the transatlantic research projects. (a) Students develop a specific research project in international teams. On the specific problem, knowledge gaps and research potential is explored and described with methods such as problem mapping and sustainability visioning. At the end of the module, students have presented a first research plan. (b) The international student-teams deepen their knowledge and experience in teamwork, research project management, and intercultural collaboration through assignments, exercises, and structured reflection.

Ziel: Students develop concrete research options for a current, specific sustainability problem. At the end of the module, students can present a research design for the problem and show a research plan.

Students deepen their capacity to plan and work on complex scientific projects as a team, with goal- and outcome orientation. They develop capacities in intercultural communication and teamwork.

Methods of Environmental Sciences


The module conveys basic knowledge and practical research examples through which the diversity of methods available in environmental & sustainability science is exemplified and contextualized. The module presents an overview of approaches to obtain, analyse and interpret data within science, and embeds these into a broader ontological framework. While the focus is generally on how methods can aid and enable the production of knowledge, a connection to the history of science, including the origin and development of each specific method is part of the lecture.

Ziel: The study of environmental & sustainability sciences aims to combine topics that are engaged from different and diverse perspectives, yet is certainly more than the sum of its parts. Environmental & sustainability sciences engage in a holistic perspective and take normative dimensions as well as a focus on transformative knowledge strongly into account. Within this module students will learn to embed methods into the context of knowledge production, spanning across system, normative and transformative knowledge. Students will begin to understand that the choice of and experience in applying methods is a precondition of research. In addition, students will be enabled to recognize the normative dimension of scientific methods by starting to reflect about drawbacks and benefits of specific methods, and how the choice of methods may influence the process of knowledge production.The students will acquire basic skills in the methods of environmental & sustainability sciences, and embed this knowledge into the broader context of methods in science, starting with an introduction into developing study designs building on the application of methods. Through the application of simplified hands-on experience with the specific methods the students will get an initial understanding of the benefits and challenges of the individual methods. The knowledge acquired in the module and applied to exemplary case studies of publications, thereby enabling students to start to get engaged with the scientific canon. By engaging students through blended learning - building on an extensive Wiki as well as Video and podcast formats, which students are expected to engage with in order to pass the exam - they further learn to participate in the scientific discourse.

Software for Analysing Data


Comprehensive analysis of data using the R software. The lecture will present and discuss general examples on the language R, statistical models, data preparation, creation of functions, graphical representations and other essentials of the R language.

Ziel: Students should be able to gain an overview on available software, and should learn to use R as a basis for the study program.

Macroecology


Struktur und Dynamik von Verbreitungsgebieten

Umweltparameter als Voraussetzung für die Verbreitung von Populationen, Arten und Lebensgemeinschaften

Entstehung der Vielfalt, incl. Einsatz molekulargenetischer Werkzeuge zur Erkundung der Evolutionsbiologie von Arten (Bereich der Phylogeographie)

Artenreichtum, Regelhaftigkeiten, Diversitätsgradienten (ökologische Biogeographie)

globale Extinktionsmuster, Klimawandel, Landnutzungsveränderung und Naturschutz

Überprüfung von Hypothesen in Makroökologie und der Biologie des Globalen Wandels,

Überprüfung von Vorhersagen für zukünftige Verbreitungsmuster

Ziel: Kenntnis der Forschung auf dem Gebiet globaler Muster der Diversität und ihrer Veränderungen aufgrund von Global Change

Fähigkeit, großräumige Diversitäts- und Verbreitungsmuster und ihre Veränderungen zu beschreiben und analysieren

gemeinsame Entwicklung und Erstellung einer Datenbank zum Thema und computerbasierte Auswertung/Prognose

Dr. Heike Zimmermann

Nachhaltige Kommunalentwicklung in den Biosphärenreservaten der Metropolregion Hamburg


VERANSTALTUNG FINDET IN VIRTUELLER FORM STATT mit evtl.Treffen in rotierenden Kleingruppen --> Voraussetzung für Gruppentreffen auf dem Campus ist das Einverständnis der TeilnehmerInnen und die Einhaltung der aktuellen REGELUNGEN ZUR DURCHFÜHRUNG VON LEHRVERANSTALTUNGEN IN PRÄSENZ.

Im transdisziplinären Forschungsprojekt “Nachhaltige Komunalentwicklung in den Biosphärenreservaten der Metropolregion Hamburg” geht es um die Entwicklung von Visionen und konkreten Maßnahmen für interkommunale Nachhaltigkeitsprozesse und Initiativen. Die beteiligten Kommunen, rund um den Schaalsee und der Elbtalaue (Lüchow-Dannenberg), möchten gemeinsam Zukunftsbilder für die Biosphären-Region entwickeln und nachhaltigkeitsrelevantes Wissen und Kompetenzen erwerben. Das Forschungsprojekt ist Teil des Leitprojekts “Nachhaltige Regionalentwicklung in der Biosphärenregion Elbe-Schaalsee” mit Projektpartnern aus der Biosphärenreservatsverwaltung, Kommunen aus der Region, diversen Interessenverbänden und der Leuphana.

Im Sommersemester ist eine Beschreibung der Region als Grundlage für das Forschungsprojekt im Wintersemester 20/21 erarbeitet worden. Im Wintersemester sollen erste Maßnahmen entwickelt und vorbereitet werden.

Ziel: Mit den Erkenntnissen aus dem Sommersemester als "base line" sollen im folgenden Semester Maßnahmen für eine nachhaltige Kommunalentwicklung erarbeitet und vorbereitet werden.

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