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280114 UE MA-ERD-17.30 Umweltpaläontologie (PI) (2020S)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 15 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch



Jeden Donnerstag 14.00 bis 17.00 (als Webinare)
Vorbesprechung am DO, 05.03, 14:00-14:30
Raum: 2A225, Wilhelm-Klaus-Übungssaal, UZAII, Geozentrum, Althanstraße 14


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This course aims at introducing students to the emerging discipline of conservation paleobiology – the use of the historical data and fossil record to address questions on biological conservation. Humans have altered ecosystems for millennia, but in contrast, even the most extensive systematic monitoring rarely encompasses more than the past few decades. Consequently, meaningful benchmarks are hard to define quantitatively and we face challenges to separate anthropogenic impacts from the natural dynamics of ecosystems. Paleoecological data can provide high-resolution records of ecosystem change and variation on timescales well beyond the limits of ecological monitoring, enabling the reconstruction of ecological baselines and the long-term trajectories of ecosystem states.

This course will address the fundamental concepts of conservation paleobiology and its applications to habitat restoration, invasion biology and biodiversity management. It includes practicals to familiarize students with the type of materials and samples and to learn the foundations of data analysis in the statistical programming language R. Eventually, the student will have acquired knowledge on the importance of the time perspective in conservation biology and the necessary skills to put to work the historical and fossil record for conservation science.

Part of the course will relay on e-learning activities including live streaming of the lectures. Course materials will be available online on Moodle.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Fulfilment of practical assignments and reading literature

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Basic knowledge in R (e.g. successful participation in an introductory R course) or after consultation


Continuous evaluation during the course based on assignments and active participation.


Barnosky et al, 2017. Merging paleobiology with conservation biology to guide the future of terrestrial ecosystems. Science 355: 6325.
Kidwell, 2015. Biology in the Anthropocene: Challenges and insights from young fossil records. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (6): 4922-4929

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 11.05.2020 16:49