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300423 SE+UE Field course in functional ecology (2016S)

biodiversity and ecosystem fuctions

10.00 ECTS (6.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Preparatory meeting: 3rd March, at 13 hours at the Konferenzraum Ökologie.

The course takes place between 7th and 15th of June 2016 at the Agricultural Research Center Raumberg-Gumpenstein (AREC), Styria.

The costs are approximately 20 Euro/day for accomodation and about 46 Euro for travelling (ÖBB, half price ticket).

Registration/Deregistration

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

Details

max. 16 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes

Preparatory meeting: 3rd March, at 13 hours at the Konferenzraum Ökologie.

The course takes place between 7th and 15th of June 2016 at the Agricultural Research Center Raumberg-Gumpenstein (AREC), Styria.


Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This basic field course confronts students with a fundamental question in ecology: Does biodiversity matter? By analysing (1) diversity gradients (both plant and microbial) in montane grasslands and (2) basic ecosystem functions, such as heterotrophic respiration, ecosystem productivity and nutrient cycling, the students shall develop their own perspective on the importance of diversity and learn to critically evaluate the 'diversity-function' debate in the recent literature.

Assessment and permitted materials

Practical work in the field and in the laboratory (50%); presentation of group work (oral-25%- and in written-25%- form)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

This class aims at familiarizing students with the importance of biodiversity for ecosystem functions and services.

Examination topics

Practical field work and chemical analysis in the laboratory. Oral presentation (seminar).

Reading list


Association in the course directory

B-BOE 7, BOE 7

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