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300124 SE Current topics in macroecology, biogeography and spatial biodiversity research (2021S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 14 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The seminar will be held online. Access to the seminar is via moodle.

The initial meeting will be held online. Details will be distributed after the registration period. The seminar itself will be held on-site if possible.

Wednesday 10.03. 17:00 - 18:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Thursday 06.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Thursday 20.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Thursday 27.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Thursday 10.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Thursday 17.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this literature seminar students will present a scientific publication reporting results in the fields of macroecology, spatial phylogenetics and biogeography. The aim of this seminar is for the students to learn how to work with primary literature, extract the major conclusions, and be able to detect shortcomings of the study at hand. Additionally participants in this course get to practice presenting in English. Target groups of most papers to be presented will be terrestrial animals, however papers on plants and other organisms will also be available.

This seminar is a perfect companion and supplement to the practical course “300108 UE Macroecology and spatial phylogenetics of animals”. However, this seminar is in no way required to participate in the practical course or vice versa.

Assessment and permitted materials

At the initial meeting each participant will choose a scientific paper from a selection provided by the instructor. Students are expected to read the paper and supplement their reading with further literature research. Students will then present an overview about results, methods and relevance of the publication. Students are welcome to ask questions and consult with the instructor prior to their presentation.

Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length. Each presentation will be followed by approximately 10 minutes of discussion.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

1. Present the assigned paper
2. Participate in discussion following other students presentations

40% Scientific quality of the presentation
30% Presentation technique
30% Active participation in discussion

Examination topics

Reading list

The following citations serve as examples for the selection of studies to choose from:

Aros-Mualin, D., Noben, S., Karger, D. N., Carvajal-Hernández, C. I., Salazar, L., Hernández-Rojas, A., Kluge, J., Sundue, M. A., Lehnert, M., Quandt, D., & Kessler, M. (2021). Functional Diversity in Ferns Is Driven by Species Richness Rather Than by Environmental Constraints. Frontiers in plant science, 11, 615723. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.615723

Earl C, Belitz MW, Laffan SW, Barve V, Barve N, Soltis DE, Allen JM, Soltis PS, Mishler BD, Kawahara AY, Guralnick R 2020. Spatial phylogenetics of butterflies in relation to environmental drivers and angiosperm diversity across North America.
bioRxiv 2020.07.22.216119; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.07.22.216119

Dimitrov D & Hormiga G 2021 Spider Diversification Through Space and Time. Annual Review of Entomology 66:1, 225-241

Association in the course directory

MEC-9, MZO W-4, MZO W-9, MBO 7, M-WZB

Last modified: Th 20.05.2021 13:09