Jukka Jokela: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021
|Name||Prof. Dr. Jukka Jokela|
Institut für Integrative Biologie
ETH Zürich, SOL B 9.1
|Telephone||+41 44 632 75 81|
|Department||Environmental Systems Science|
|701-0034-15L||Integrated Practical: Aquatic Ecology||3 credits||3P||J. Jokela, C. T. Robinson|
|Abstract||Practical studies on broad scientific questions and practice-orientated sampling techniques in aquatic ecology in rivers and lakes.|
|Objective||The first goal is to learn how broad scientific questions of aquatic ecology are addressed in practice and to get an overview of the key hypotheses and methods that are relevant for each theme. The second goal is to strengthen the knowledge of local aquatic ecosystems.|
It will be suported that students work independently.
|Content||Coordinated by J. Jokela|
The purpose of this course is to give an overview of stream and lake ecology and structure. Theoretical background is given in an introductory lecture, followed by excursions to a stream and a lake, where the students get to know the systems and different methods for survey and analysis. In a second part, the students conduct small research projects on important questions in the field of aquatic ecology.
Dates to be given.
|Lecture notes||no script|
|Prerequisites / Notice||The practical parts will mainly take place at Eawag Dübendorf.|
|701-0268-00L||Biodiversity Excursions |
Limited to students in the 2nd semester of the study programmmes: Environmental Sciences Bachelor.
|2 credits||4P||J. Jokela, U. Brändle, A. Funk, M. Greeff|
|Abstract||Students deepen their basic understanding of systematics and acquire exemplary knowledge of selected organism groups using online tutorials. They then carry out their own determinations on excursions to different habitats and apply methods of biodiversity detection. In workshops, the collected data are analyzed and discussed with a view to various ecological questions.|
|Objective||The students are able to:|
- show the relationship between phenotypic characteristics and taxonomic classification for different groups of organisms
- identify key criteria for the taxonomic classification of selected organism groups and carry out classifications
- explain Biodiversity Assessment Methods including their applications and limits, based on their own experience
- make quantitative estimates of biodiversity in selected habitats based on their own data surveys
|Content||1) Einführung in die Thematik Systematik, Artenkenntnisse, Methoden der Biodiversitätserfassung und Überblick über die zu bearbeitenden Organismengruppen und Exkursionsmodule. (Plenumsveranstaltung, am Di-Nachmittag, 23. Februar 2021)|
2) Bestimmungsübungen mit Online-Tutorials zu den zugeteilten Organismen und Exkursionsmodulen. Je Exkursionsmodul werden ca. 10-20 Arten/Familien bearbeitet. (Selbststudium)
3) 6 halbtägige Bestimmungs- und Erfassungsübungen (Exkursionsmodule) im Feld zu den zugeteilten und vorbereiteten Organismen, wenn möglich mit mobiler Datenerfassung mittels GIS-App (Collector ArcGIS, www.gissmox.ethz.ch). (mehrere, teils parallele Gruppenveranstaltungen resp. je nach aktuellen Pandemielage im Selbstmodus)
4) Datenworkshops mit Datenauswertung inkl. Präsentation der Daten, Diskussion und Ausblick. (Veranstaltungen in Gruppen, jeder Student nimmt an einem Workshop teil, Zuteilung aufgrund der besuchten Exkursionsmodule)
|Prerequisites / Notice||Vorlesung 551-0001-00L Allgemeine Biologie I & 701-0243-01L Biologie III: Ökologie|
Die Anmeldung zu den Exkursionen erfolgt gemäss separater Ausschreibung im Dezember 2020, Information voraussichtlich in LV Umweltsysteme II im Dezember.
|701-0326-00L||Ecological and Evolutionary Applications||3 credits||2V||J. Jokela|
|Abstract||Application of ecological theory is relevant especially for habitat and ecosystem restoration, for management of endangered species, and for pest control and harvest management. Ecological applications are central for sustainable ecosystem management and expertise in this field is needed in various professions. Purpose of this course is to give an overview of the common applications and methods.|
|Objective||Goals of this course are |
(i) to give an overview of different methods and applications of ecological and evolutionary theory
(ii) to illustrate how fundamental and applied research interact in ecology and evolution
(iii) to give more detailed view on methods used in restoration ecology and management of populations, with practical examples.
The course uses a textbook, which provides the script and the background reading materials, lectures extend and explain the concepts introduced in the textbook.
|Literature||textbook: "Ecological Applications: toward a sustainable world" by Colin R. Townsend. Blackwell publishing.|
|701-0340-00L||Practical Course in Environmental Biology||7 credits||14P||C. Vorburger, M. Fischer, J. Hille Ris Lambers, J. Jokela|
|Abstract||This course aims at developing research skills in environmental biology. Students carry out small research projects in terrestrial, microbial and aquatic ecology, ecological genetics, and population biology. These projects include field surveys as well as garden and laboratory experiments. Students analyse their data statistically and present the results both orally and in written reports.|
|Objective||Students learn how to carry out ecological research projects. They obtain a thorough understanding of selected research topics, and they gain practical experience in handling a wide range of organisms in various types of ecosystems. |
After the course, successful participants can:
- formulate precise research questions and testable hypotheses
- design and set up experiments
- measure appropriate variables (for the studied organisms and hypotheses)
- analyse data statistically and draw conclusions from statistical outputs
- present their results according to scientific standards in the research field
|Content||The semester starts with an introduction to research questions and hypotheses, experimental design and data analysis.|
During the semester, students carry out several small research projects in aquatic and terrestrial ecology, microbial ecology and ecological genetics. Projects address specific research questions related to general topics such as:
- resource acquisition
- competition, grazing, predation, parasitism
- population structure (demography, spatial patterns)
- community composition, species diversity
- species differentiation and hybridisation
During the field course (one full week after the semester), students carry out their individual project in population biology. They choose the topic, organism and system they want to study and develop their own research questions. They conduct the entire research project by themselves and present their results orally and in a report.
|Prerequisites / Notice||Compulsory attendance. Absences have to be compensated.|
Semester tasks: Oral and/or written presentations after different parts of the course.
|701-1414-00L||Evolutionary Biology: Field Course |
Number of participants limited to 12.
Whether the course (LV) can be held depends on the current pandemic situation.
A minimum of 6 students must attend in order for the course to be held.
Enrollment is possible until 07.03.2021.
The waiting list will be deleted after 21.03.2021.
|3 credits||3P||J. Jokela, B. Matthews|
Students develop a scientific question of their choice to a field project, collect the data to address the question, and report their results in a presentation and write a scientific report.
|Objective||This field course aims at developing research skills in Population and Evolutionary Biology. |
Students carry out small research projects in groups and relate their observations to concepts. They develop a scientific question of their choice to a field project, collect the data to address the question, analyse the results and present their results in a seminar and write a scientific report.
Course takes place in June (14. - 18. 06. 2021). Students work in small groups. Course supervisors provide materials and tutoring during the project development. Basic skills of ecology, taxonomy and statistics are needed.
|Literature||Will be distributed|
|Prerequisites / Notice||Number of participants is limited. Course in two languages (German / English)|
|701-1461-00L||Ecology and Evolution: Seminar |
Direct continuation of course unit 701-1460-00L "Ecology and Evolution: Term Paper" of the previous semester (HS).
|3 credits||6S||T. Städler, J. Alexander, S. Bonhoeffer, T. Crowther, A. Hall, J. Jokela, J. Payne, G. Velicer, A. Widmer|
|Abstract||The organization and functioning of academic research as well as academic publishing are introduced and applied: students critically review two term papers written by their student colleagues. Based on the reviews, the authors of the papers write reply letters and revise their own term papers. They finally present their topic during an in-house "mini-conference" with a talk.|
|Objective||• Students become familiar with the academic peer-review and publishing process|
• They learn to evaluate the quality of a manuscript and formulate constructive criticism
• They learn to deal with criticism of their own work (by their student peers)
• They practise oral presentations and discussions in English
|Content||The organization and functioning of academic research as well as academic publishing are introduced and applied: students critically review two term papers written by their student colleagues. Based on the reviews, the authors of the papers write reply letters and revise their own term papers. They finally present their topic during an in-house "mini-conference" with a talk.|
|Prerequisites / Notice||Direct continuation of "Ecology and Evolution: Term Paper" of the previous semester|