701-0243-01L  Biology III: Essentials of Ecology

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersS. Güsewell, C. Vorburger
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman



Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
701-0243-01 VBiologie III: Ökologie
Vorlesung im ML D 28 mit Videoübertragung im ML E 12.
2 hrs
Mon10-12ML D 28 »
10-12ML E 12 »
S. Güsewell, C. Vorburger

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AbstractThis lecture presents an introduction to ecology. It includes basic ecological concepts and the most important levels of complexity in ecological research. Ecological concepts are exemplified by using aquatic and terrestrial systems; corresponding methodological approaches are demonstrated. In a more applied part of the lecture threats to biodiversity and the appropriate management are discussed.
ObjectiveThe objective of this lecture is to teach basic ecological concepts and the different levels of complexity in ecological research: the individual, the population, the community and the ecosystem level.
The students should learn ecological concepts at these different levels in the context of concrete examples from terrestrial and aquatic ecology. Corresponding methods for studying the systems will be presented.
A further aim of the lecture is that students achieve an understanding of biodiversity, why it is threatened and how it can be managed.
Content- Übersicht der aquatischen und terrestrischen Lebensräume mit ihren Bewohnern
- Einfluss von Umweltfaktoren (Temperatur, Strahlung, Wasser, Nährstoffe etc.) auf Organismen; Anpassung an bestimmte Umweltbedingungen
- Populationsdynamik: Ursachen, Beschreibung, Vorhersage und Regulation
- Interaktionen zwischen Arten (Konkurrenz, Koexistenz, Prädation, Parasitismus, Nahrungsnetze)
- Lebensgemeinschaften: Struktur, Stabilität, Sukzession
- Ökosysteme: Kompartimente, Stoff- und Energieflusse
- Biodiversität: Variation, Ursachen, Gefährdung und Erhaltung
- Aktuelle Naturschutzprobleme und -massnahmen
- Evolutionäre Ökologie: Methodik, Spezialisierung, Koevolution
Lecture notesUnterlagen, Vorlesungsfolien und relevante Literatur sind in der Lehrdokumentenablage abrufbar. Die Unterlagen für die nächste Vorlesung stehen jeweils spätestens am Freitagmorgen zur Verfügung.
LiteratureGenerelle Ökologie:
Townsend, Harper, Begon 2009. Ökologie. Springer, ca. Fr. 70.-

Aquatische Ökologie:
Lampert & Sommer 1999. Limnoökologie. Thieme, 2. Aufl., ca. Fr. 55.-;
Bohle 1995. Limnische Systeme. Springer, ca. Fr. 50.-

Naturschutzbiologie:
Baur B. et al. 2004. Biodiversität in der Schweiz. Haupt, Bern, 237 S.
Primack R.B. 2004. A primer of conservation biology. 3rd ed. Sinauer, Mass. USA, 320 pp.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
In examination block forBachelor's Programme in Agricultural Science 2010; Version 13.10.2015 (Examination Block)
Bachelor's Programme in Agricultural Sciences 2015; Version 01.03.2019 (Examination Block)
Bachelor's Programme in Earth Sciences 2010; Version 24.02.2016 (Examination Block)
Bachelor's Programme in Environmental Engineering 2010; Version 29.10.2013 (Examination Block 1)
Bachelor's Programme in Environmental Engineering 2010; Version 07.03.2018 (Examination Block 1)
Bachelor's Programme in Environmental Sciences 2011; Version 12.01.2016 (Examination Block)
Bachelor's Programme in Environmental Sciences 2016; Version 27.09.2019 (Examination Block)
Bachelor's Programme in Food Science 2010; Version 22.03.2016 (Examination Block)
Bachelor's Programme in Food Science 2016; Version 06.03.2019 (Examination Block)
Bachelor's Programme in Geomatic Engineering and Planning 2010; Version 27.02.2018 (Examination Block)
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersS. Güsewell, C. Vorburger
Typesession examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 60 minutes
Written aidskeine ausser Wörterbuch (gedruckt) für Fremdsprachige
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This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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ProgrammeSectionType
Agricultural Sciences BachelorFirst Year ExaminationsOInformation
Geomatic Engineering and Planning BachelorFirst Year ExaminationsOInformation
Interdisciplinary Sciences BachelorElectivesWInformation
Food Science BachelorFirst Year ExaminationsOInformation
Environmental Engineering BachelorExamination Block 1OInformation
Environmental Sciences BachelorFirst Year ExaminationsOInformation