300359 SE+UE Stable Isotopes in Ecology (2016W)
Stable Isotope Tracing
5.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work
max. 16 participants
Preparatory meeting on Friday, 7 October 2016, 11:00-12:00 in the Conference room Ecology.
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
Continuous assessment of course work. Oral presentation of a scientific paper on stable isotope applications in the seminar. Quality of laboratory experiments and written final report.
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to analyze, evaluate and interpret stable isotope ratios of ecological materials. They understand the concept of source partitioning and isotope discrimination and thereby the basic mechanisms of how the stable isotopic composition of organisms and ecosystem compartments are controlled. Successful students will know how natural abundance stable isotopes and enriched isotopes can be used as tracers and integrators of metabolic and ecological processes such as carbon and nitrogen cycling of ecosystems, soil-vegetation-atmosphere exchange, and trophic relationships in food webs and how stable isotopes can be used in microbial, plant and animal ecophysiology.
Stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen and oxygen will be analysed at natural abundance levels and in labelling experiments by a range of techniques, including isotope ratio mass spectrometry and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.
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