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Courses of the Opgenoorth lab

  • BSc. AM Plant Ecology and Geobotany: In this module, students are provided with in-depth knowledge of ecological relationships and the factors that influence plants and vegetation. Through their own investigations and experiments, ecological laws are conveyed, and the influence of abiotic environmental factors on plants and the relationships of plants to other organisms are discussed.
  • BSc. AM Habitat Ecology: As part of this module, students are introduced to the habitats of Central Europe and their ecological peculiarities. The basics of field ecological methods and the identification of important habitats in Central Europe are taught. The focus is on trophic interactions and food webs. Habitats are quantitatively recorded using various ecological field methods and analyzed with different statistical methods. This also involves practicing and deepening the identification of macroscopically recognizable plants and animals using identification keys.
  • BSc. VM Ecology: The qualification objectives are to acquire the theoretical and practical foundations necessary for the independent planning, execution, evaluation, and presentation of ecological studies, as well as to learn advanced statistical methods.
  • BSc. PM Ecology: Within this module, students learn how to plan experiments based on specific problems under guidance and how to conduct surveys and experiments in the field or laboratory. The aim of the module is to enable critical engagement with the relevant literature and the scientific documentation of one's own surveys in the field and laboratory.
  • MSc. AM Molecular Plant Ecology: In this module, students learn the theoretical foundations of molecular ecology and practical skills for the molecular ecological analysis of plant populations and species. This includes the safe application of learned bioinformatic and molecular ecological methods, as well as dealing with Unix systems and Github. Students acquire skills in problem-solving learning and presenting and discussing research results.
  • MSc. AM in Forest and Nature Conservation: In this module, students learn the theoretical basics of nature conservation in Central European forests and forest use, including the necessary forestry vocabulary. Students acquire skills in problem-solving learning, knowledge of recording and evaluating the status and function of forest ecosystems. In particular, taxonomic knowledge of various groups is deepened, and mapping of habitat types using key elements of the cultural landscape is exemplified. This module is suitable both as preparation for research-related professions in organismic biology and for activities in nature conservation practice or project management.
  • MSc. Plant Ecology and Geobotany: The goal is guidance towards independent scientific work. A focus is placed on scientific writing and critical discussion of current research papers.
  • MSc. Current Topics in Ecology: In this module, current methods and research projects in ecology are discussed, and field exercises are conducted on selected targets.
  • Ecology, Conservation, Biodiversity Colloquium: In this colloquium, working groups in the areas of ecology, conservation, and biodiversity invite external guests to present their current research work. Students from all semesters can gain a deeper insight into the thinking, research approaches, results, and work areas of the research focus.