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300435 VO Animal biogeography (2021S)

Principles of animal biogeography

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Mo 10.05. 13:15-14:45 Digital



Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 08.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 15.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 22.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 12.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 19.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 26.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 03.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
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Monday 31.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 07.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 14.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 21.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 28.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The introductory part starts by defining basic terms and introducing the basic questions and concepts of biogeography. The principal abiotic and biotic parameters for the distribution and limits of dispersal of animals are presented. The aspects of global vegetation patterns, plate tectonics and glacial periods with respect to animal distribution and dispersal receive special emphasis. The major zoogeographical units of the terrestrial biota are defined by their characteristic fauna and their boundaries (e.g. the Wallace line). Similarly, the most important marine and limnic zoogeographic regions are treated. Special focus in this context is put on European rivers and the biogeographic history of the Mediterranean. The methodological part deals with the principals of panbiogeography and cladistic biogeography. Finally, applied aspects are discussed, such as species invasions and the impact of zoogeographical research on conservation issues.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written test, online in Moodle, in Open-Book-Modus.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

More than 50% of the points have to be achieved for succesfull completion.
Sehr gut 89-100%

Gut 76-88%

Befriedigend 63-75%

Genügend 50-62%

Nicht Genügend < 50%

Examination topics

Content of lectures

Reading list

No literatur recommendation.

Association in the course directory

MZO 1, UF MA BU 01, UF MA BU 04

Last modified: Tu 04.05.2021 14:29