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Veranstaltungen von Dr. Amit Kumar


Ecosystem functions and services (Vorlesung)

Dozent/in: Amit Kumar, Vicky Temperton

wöchentlich | Donnerstag | 08:15 - 09:45 | 20.10.2022 - 02.02.2023 | C 11.320 (Aufzugsanierung KW 36-39)

Inhalt: The module „Ecosystem functions and services“ comprises two parts: a set of lectures and a set of seminars. The lectures will be introduce you to the global terrestrial biomes (from the tropical rainforest to the tundra), their most important ecosystems and their functions and services. In the seminar, students will select one aspect of ecosystem functioning and services and present it to their fellow students for discussion. Each presenatation is based on one or two original scientific papers about biodiversity& ecosystem functions or biodiversity & ecosystem services . Overall the topics covered will show the diversity of perspectives and interpretations of the importance of biodiversity for how ecosystems function and the services they provide. [This semester we will focus on the provisioning of ecosystem functions and services from a global science-policy persoective and take a close look at the topic of what may be the best foci to mitigate climate change and biodiversity loss. You will see that it is not a simple topic.] The module therefore includes discussions of important and up to date literature in the research field of ecosystem functioning and services. We will critically discuss the research findings in respect to their application in nature conservation and ecological restoration. You will learn the main characteristics of the global terrestrial biomes and the environmental variables shaping them, and the ecological theories that can be tested in them as well as sustainability relevant issues related to global change and ecosystems.