Naturwissenschaftliche Methoden

Aktuelle Lehrveranstaltungen

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

Forschungsprojekt 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.

Forschungsprojekt 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.


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

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.

Methods of Environmental Sciences

Sustainability science and environmental studies are rooted in a wide array of scientific fields, and hence also make us of diverse methodological approaches. This lecture aims at providing an overview of the different methodological approaches, discussing for example quantitative and qualitative methods, thereby building on the diversity of available approaches. These different examples are embedded into a wider systematic overview, giving students an initial understanding on how methods are an important cornerstone of sustainability science and environmental studies.

Ziel: The core goal is that students are enabled to to engage to systematically understand the diversity of methods that are available based on a set of examples. Students should understand the different between quantitative vs. qualitative methods, inductive vs deductive, different system components, scales, interaction between sciences and society, and the consequences that arise out of the application of methods from a normative dimension.

Dr. Heike Zimmermann

Assessing the impact of palm oil, the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet, from multiple perspectives.

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