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  • BSc. AM Conservation Ecology: From basics to application: In this module the basics of ecology and its importance for nature conservation are taught. The theoretical background is discussed with case studies. Furthermore, the students get to know a unique forest ecosystem in Europe during an excursion to the "Forest of Białowieża" in eastern Poland and conduct their own experiments there (design, data recording, analysis). Afterwards, the results are discussed in publication form with the theoretical background learned.

  • BSc VM Nature Conservation/Nature Conservation Biology: The goal of this module is to acquire the theoretical and practical basics of scientific work and writing, critical examination of scientific literature and lectures, planning and implementation of scientific projects under guidance. The focus is on the acquisition of in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in a selected focus area. 

  • BSc. practical module in nature conservation: Within the framework of this module, students learn problem-related planning of experimental approaches under guidance and implementation of observations and experiments in the field or laboratory. The goal of the module is to enable students to critically examine the relevant literature and to scientifically document their own observations in the field and laboratory.
  • MSc. AM Nature Conservation: Science and Practice: This module provides in-depth knowledge of science and practice in nature conservation. The lecture gives an overview of the most important aspects of national and international nature conservation. Current topics in nature conservation are discussed in the seminar. The exercises take place in the form of a block course in selected European areas. In addition to getting to know the areas and the various forms of protection, the exercises teach important methods and approaches for studying endangered ecosystems. The course content is developed on the basis of independent projects. The goal of the block course is to go through the different steps of a project (design, data collection, analysis, evaluation as a protected area). Various field methods, a broad set of statistical evaluation procedures in the computer programme R as well as the compilation of evaluation criteria in the form of a report are taught.
  • MSc. AM Forest and Nature Conservation: In this module, students learn the theoretical basics of nature conservation in Central European forests and of forest use, including the necessary forestry vocabulary. In doing so, the students acquire skills in the context of problem-solving learning, knowledge for recording and evaluating the status as well as the function of forest ecosystems. In particular, taxonomic knowledge of various groups is deepened, and exemplary mapping of biotope types is learned using the example of key elements of the cultural landscape. This module is suitable both as preparation for research-related occupational fields in organismal biology and for activities in nature conservation practice or in project management.

  • MSc AM Species knowledge of planning-relevant taxa/groups in nature conservation: The goal of this module is to acquire species knowledge of planning-relevant taxa, their recording methods and role in nature conservation planning. The focus of the module is on the practical application of the learned recording methods within the framework of a project including evaluation and reporting under supervision.

  • MSc. VM Nature Conservation: The goal is to provide instruction in independent scientific work. Emphasis is placed on scientific writing and critical discussion of current research work.  

  • PM Current Topics in Ecology: In this module, current methods and research projects in ecology are discussed and field exercises are carried out on selected targets.

  • PM Forensic Biology: Thematic complex of entomological methods. Within the framework of this module, the basics of forensic biology are taught. The goal of the module is to consolidate the specific methods of forensic biology with practical exercises and an excursion to the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) of Wiesbaden.

  • Colloquium Ecology, Nature Conservation, Biodiversity: In this colloquium, the working groups in the field of ecology, nature conservation, biodiversity invite external guests to present their current research work. Students from all semesters can gain an in-depth insight into the ways of thinking, research approaches, results and work areas of the research focus.