Students apply heat extraction to reveal the diversity of soil organisms
Students studying soil organisms
Students conducting a vegetation survey
Vegetation ecology is so relaxing!
Students taking insect samples
In order to find out how insect diversity is related to plant diversity, students collect insects in defined and well-characterised plots using a modified leaf vacuum.
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MOE-ConcEcol: Important concepts in different sub-disciplines of ecology: from autecology to ecosystems.
MOE-SciWri: Motivation for scientific writing; how to get started; variability, basic structure and contents of the single parts of a scientific publication.
MOE-MolEcol: Molecular-based community analysis, molecular markers and their use in ecological studies.
MOE-PopEcol: Students will be provided with a sound knowledge about important concepts in population ecology, can explain such concepts and can plan and conduct experimental investigations based on these concepts. Based on this, they can formulate research hypotheses, gather appropriate data, analyze andpresent them.
MOE-CommEcol: The nature of ecological communities, interactions between vegetation and abiotic / biotic factors.
MOE-Res_Proj: Conductance of an individual research project connected to a working group at the Institute of Ecology or to an external, national or international laboratory, exemplary work on all steps of a scientific project.
MasThes: Definition of an independent ecological research theme. Planning and discussion of the contents and the time frame of the research work in lab meetings. Realization of the research project: practical preparation, sampling of data, statistical analysis, structuring and writing of the thesis.
MOE-InsEco: You will be able to use different field collection techniques to explore the amazing functional diversity of insects.
MOE-LongExc: Excursion with 9 to 14 days duration, to variable destinations. Students link association of organisms to particular ecosystems and the contribution of species to ecosystem functioning.
BehEco: Students gain familiarity with a range of important concepts of behavioral ecology and can describe and relate data to these concepts. They will further gain profound knowledge of a specific concept of choice and competence in communicating complex theoretical concepts in seminar and poster presentations.
MOE_FoodWeb You will learn in this course how food webs are structured and function, compare and contrast different food webs, hypothesize how changes in biotic and abiotic factors may affect food webs and Identify the appropriate tools to study specific trophic interactions.
MOE-ExpEcol: You will be able to plan, carry out and present your own experimental research from scratch
MOE-FunctEcol: Which computational sources need to be used to decipher the biogeography of species and their functional traits? We will check different -omic datasets for answers.
MOE-Biodiv: The understanding of basic concepts of biodiversity will make you realize how important the archiving and documentation of biodiversity is. You will be able to reflect on the significance of biodiversity for ecosystem functioning and in a societal context.
Mobility through electives and block courses
Exemplary timing of the Master modules
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In my group, we work on marine fungi: we investigate whether individual fungal species have different preferences towards organic material as a food source, and whether they decompose organic material alone or in collaboration with other microbes. We then process this information to understand their role in the marine carbon cycle and assess their ecological relevance.
These questions have general relevance to ecosystem analysis: In my Master of Ecology courses, I show how populations or communities of organisms can be analyzed using molecular methods, which are then linked to information about functionality of individual members to precisely define their role within important processes in an ecosystem. To do this, we use large data sets and bioinformatics tools, among others.
“I am fascinated by insects! Our research group Insect and Chemical Ecology investigates how changes in environmental conditions and species interactions regulate the survival and reproduction of these animals that are so central to maintaining many ecosystem functions."
Please visit the webpage Insect and Chemical Ecology for more details!
Our department Marine Ecology pursues an interdisciplinary approach and uses a range of appropriate tools from the fields of ecophysiology, biogeochemistry, and microbiology in order to address the following research areas in Marine Ecology: Ecosystem engineers and other key organism groups; Dynamics of benthic communities and Nutrient cycles and energy transfer.