Autumn Semester 2020 takes place in a mixed form of online and classroom teaching.
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Sebastian Bonhoeffer: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2016

Name Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bonhoeffer
FieldTheoretische Biologie
Institut für Integrative Biologie
ETH Zürich, CHN K 12.1
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 71 06
Fax+41 44 632 12 71
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science
RelationshipFull Professor

551-0737-00LExperimental Ecology: Evolution and Ecology Information Restricted registration - show details 2 credits2SS. Bonhoeffer
AbstractInteraction seminar. Student-mediated presentations, guests and discussions on current themes in ecology, evolutionary and population biology.
ObjectiveGetting familiar with scientific arguments and discussions. Overview of current research topics. Making contacts with fellow students in other groups.
ContentScientific talks and discussions on changing subjects.
Lecture notesNone
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701-0027-00LEnvironmental Systems I2 credits2VC. Schär, S. Bonhoeffer, N. Dubois
AbstractThe lecture provides a science-based exploration of environmental aspects from three research fields: earth, climate, and health sciences.
ObjectiveThe students are able to explain important properties of the three environmental systems, to discuss critical drivers, trends and conflicts of their use, and to compare potential solutions.
ContentThe lecture discusses the role of the environmental systems based on selected environmental problems, among these the exploration of raw materials and fossil fuels, climate change and its impacts on man and environment, and the spread and control of infectious diseases in the human population and agricultural systems.
Lecture notesSlides are provided by instructors and are accessible via moodle.
701-0263-01LSeminar in Evolutionary Ecology of Infectious Diseases3 credits2GD. Croll, S. Bonhoeffer, R. R. Regös
AbstractStudents of this course will discuss current topics from the field of infectious disease biology. From a list of publications, each student chooses some themes that he/she is going to explain and discuss with all other participants and under supervision. The actual topics will change from year to year corresponding to the progress and new results occuring in the field.
ObjectiveThis is an advanced course that will require significant student participation.  Students will learn how to evaluate and present scientific literature and trace the development of ideas related to understanding the ecology and evolutionary biology of infectious diseases.
ContentA core set of ~10 classic publications encompassing unifying themes in infectious disease ecology and evolution, such as virulence, resistance, metapopulations, networks, and competition will be presented and discussed.  Pathogens will include bacteria, viruses and fungi.  Hosts will include animals, plants and humans.
Lecture notesPublications and class notes can be downloaded from a web page announced during the lecture.
LiteraturePapers will be assigned and downloaded from a web page announced during the lecture.
701-0290-00LSeminar in Microbial Evolution and Ecology (HS)0 credits2SS. Bonhoeffer
AbstractSeminar of the groups Molecular Microbial
Ecology, Theoretical Biology, Experimental Ecology, Evolutionary Biology. Talks given by members of these groups and external visitors.
ObjectiveIn-depth introduction into microbial evolution and ecology, especially the aspects that are the focus of on-going research in this area at Department of Environmental Systems Science.
701-1460-00LEcology and Evolution: Term Paper Restricted registration - show details 5 credits11AT. Städler, S. Bonhoeffer, A. Hall, J. Jokela, J. Levine, G. Velicer, A. Widmer
AbstractIndividual writing of an essay-type review paper about a specialized topic in the field of ecology and evolution, based on substantial reading of original literature and discussions with a senior scientist.
Objective- Students acquire a thorough knowledge on a topic in which they are particularly interested
- They learn to assess the relevance of original literature and synthesize information
- They make the experience of becoming "experts" on a topic and develop their own perspective
- They practise academic writing according to professional standards in English
ContentTopics for the essays are proposed by the professors and lecturers of the major in Ecology and Evolution at a joint meeting at the beginning of the semester (the date will be communicated by e-mail to registered students).
Students will:
- choose a topic
- search and read appropriate literature
- develop a personal view on the topic and structure their arguments
- prepare figures and tables to represent ideas or illustrate them with examples
- write a clear, logical and well-structured text
- refine the text and present the paper according to professional standards

In all steps, they will benefit from the advice and detailed feedback given by a senior scientist acting as personal tutor of the student.
Lecture notesReading of articles in scientific journals