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300066 VO Aquatic biodiversity - control and consequences (2016W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


Language: English

Examination dates



Vorbesprechung am Mi 5.10.2016, 14:00 Uhr im Konferenzraum Ökologie, UZA I.
Termine der LV nach Vereinbarung in der Vorbesprechung.

Weekly lecture tuesdays 13:30-15:00, Seminarraum Limnologie

Written exam (multiple choice) on last day in january.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Introduction; brief history of diversity research; species inventories; basic indices

Island biogeography & metacommunity theory

Dispersal limitation in microscopic world with focus on plankton communities

Diversity among biomes: Aquatic vs terrestrial, freshwater vs marine

Productivity-diversity relationships in aquatic systems

Diversity-functioning relationships I: traits and functioning

Diversity functioning relationships II: BEF in an homogenous environment

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam at the end of the lecture

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Learn about the mechanisms regulating diversity in aquatic systems
Gain mechanistic understanding for the role of diversity for ecosystem functioning.
Become acquainted with central concepts with regard to aquatic systems: Island Biogeography - lakes as inverted islands; Metacommunity Theory; Biodiervsity-functioning hypothesis; species-energy hypothesis

Examination topics

The lecture will be split in lecture and reading & discussing relevant studies.

Reading list

Association in the course directory

MEC-9, UF MA BU 01, UF MA BU 04, MZO W-8

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