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Foto: Maaike Bader
Unterwegs während des Projektseminars "Die Baumgrenze in den Alpen". 2017.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Summer semester 2019Summer semester 2019

    Project seminar  (BSc) / Advanced course Biodiversity research (MSc)

    During the semester:
    1 „Designing and analysing ecological research projects: treeline dynamics in the Alps“ with excursion to the Alps (15-22 June 2019).
    2 „Designing and analysing ecological research projects:  ecosystem functioning in Peru“ in combination with the international course in Peru “Eco-geographical aspects of the transition from the Andean Cloud Forest to the Lowland Amazon in Peru”

    Basic skills in biogeography (BSc): seminar with an excursion in and around the Harz mountains

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Thesis topicsThesis topics

    Theses (BSc or MSc) can be written about any of the topics that our group is working on (ecological, geographical and ecophysiological projects using field or remotely-sensed data, experiments or modelling about e.g. alpine treelines, bryophytes, epiphytes, epiphylls, mountain forests and alpine vegetation in different parts of the world, including the tropics). 

    Current topics offered (for 2019-2020) include:

    Developing a database and / or website (incl. Web-GIS) for gathering and presenting information and data about alpine treelines worldwide (with Christiane Enderle and AG Nauss)
    Themes: databases, web-design, ecology, citizen science

    Detecting, describing and explaining spatial patterns at alpine treelines
    Themes: landscape ecology, remote sensing, GIS, method development, pattern recognition, statistics, point-pattern analysis, field work possible (e.g. in the Andes or Alps)

    Individual-based modelling of treeline spatial patterns (collaboration with UFZ Leipzig)
    Themes: modelling, population ecology, spatial ecology, micrometeorology

    Analysis of data from an experiment on the climatic limitations to tree seedling establishment at the alpine treeline in the Alps
    Themes: ecology, ecophysiology, data management, statistics, writing a scientific publication

    Characterising and modelling moss carbon exchange in dependence of selected environmental factors and/ or daily weather conditions
    Themes: ecophysiology, statistics,  modelling

    For further inspiraiton please visit the research pages of our group. 
    Inidividual topics alre also possible, please contact us!

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Bachelor coursesBachelor courses

    2019: Project: „Designing and analysing ecological research projects: treeline dynamics in the Alps“ with an excursion to the Alps (15-22 Juni 2019)

    2019: Project: „Designing and analysing ecological research projects:  ecosystem functioning in Peru“ combined with the internaitonal course “Eco-geographical aspects of the transition from the Andean Cloud Forest to the Lowland Amazon in Peru”

    2019 Field methods: Artenkenntnis und Bestimmung der heimischen Flora "Ökologie und Bestimmung von Moos" (Moss ecology and identification): Exkursion + Seminar

    2019 Field methods: "Landschaft und Natur der mittleren Niederlande": Exkursion + Seminar

    2018 Project: The treeline in the Alps: Seminar + field practical

    2018 Project seminar on stabile isotopes in the biosphere: Seminar + exercises

    2017 Multi-scale analysis of spatial patterns at the alpine treeline in the Alps: Seminar + field practical

    2017 Development of the Mediterranean flora with Mallorca as an example: Seminar + field practical

    2016 Changing islands: Geomorphology and vegetation of the Wadden island Spiekeroog: 'Interactions and Processes', field practical

    2015 Vegetation changes in the Kleinwalsertal (Allgäuer Alps): Seminar + field practical

    Annually since 2015: Basic skills in biogeographie: Seminar

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Master coursesMaster courses

    2019-20 Advanced course biodiversity research: Dendroecological analysis methods (with Burkhard Neuwirth)

    2019 Advanced course biodiversity research: Designing and analysing ecological research projects: treeline dynamics in the Alps. Seminar + field practical

    2019 Advanced course biodiversity research: Designing and analysing ecological research projects:  ecosystem functioning in Peru. Course in combination with the international course “Eco-geographical aspects of the transition from the Andean Cloud Forest to the Lowland Amazon in Peru”

    2018-19 Advanced course biodiversity research: Studying spatial ecological processes using individual-based modelling: Seminar + projects

    2018 Advanced course biodiversity research: The treeline in the Alps: Seminar + field practical

    2017-18 Advanced course biodiversity research: Stabile isotopes in the biosphere: Seminar + excersises

    2017 Advanced course: Multi-scale analysis of spatial patterns at the alpine treeline in the Alps: Seminar + field practical

    2016-17 Interactions and Processes: Development of the Mediterranean flora with Mallorca as an example: Seminar + field practical

    2016 Interactions and Processes: Changing islands: Geomorphology and vegetation of the Wadden island Spiekeroog: 'Interactions and Processes', field practical

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen ExcursionsExcursions

    Tree fern, New Zealand
    Foto: Maaike Bader

    Spring 2020: 2-week excursion to the South Island of New Zealand. (Modul: Grosse Geländearbeit, focus physical geography)
    Dates: Sunday, Feb 23 - Sunday, March 08 (leaving on the 9th)

    Route: Christchurch - Craigieburn Range - Arthurs Pass - Moana - Franz Josef Glacier - Fox Glacier - Wanaka - Te Anau - Doubtfull Sound - South Coast - Catlins - Dunedin

    General themes: flora, fauna, vegetation, geomorphology, climatology, land use, nature conservation, special focus on alpine treelines!

    Student task: find scientific information about a theme, specific for the excursion area, and create an excursion guide for the topic on our route. Output: 1) an oral presentation before the excursion starts, 2) a handout (pictures, maps, and figures, to use during the trip), and 3) an excursion guide to use during the trip and completed after the excursion based on the field experience.

    Possible themes for excursion guides: history of the New Zealand flora or fauna, vegetation history, island biogeography, settlement history, land use, nature conservation and tourism, invasive species, alpine treelines, southern beeches (Nothofagaceae), forest types, alpine vegetation, functional peculiarities of the New Zealand flora, tree ferns, mosses, geology of the Southern Alps, glaciers, coastal morphology, river morphology, climate gradients, etc.

    Course languages: English and German

    Organisation: transport by rental cars, accomodation in hostels and holiday parks (sleeping bag recommended), lots of walking planned, so good physical condition and appropriate gear (hiking boots, rain gear, backpack, etc) are needed.

    Costs: ca. 1300 Euro plus flight

    Registration (Anmeldung): 27 May to 7 June 2019 on MARVIN (WiSe 2019/20)!

     

    For more excursions see: https://www.uni-marburg.de/de/fb19/studium/termine/geplante-lehrveranstaltungen

     Past excursions:

     March 2016: 2-week excursion to southern Ecuador & northern Peru