Sebastian Bonhoeffer: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2018
|Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bonhoeffer
Institut für Integrative Biologie
ETH Zürich, CHN K 12.1
|+41 44 632 71 06
|Environmental Systems Science
|Ecology and Evolution: Interaction Seminar
|Interaction seminar. Student-mediated presentations, guests and discussions on current themes in ecology, evolutionary and population biology.
|Getting familiar with scientific arguments and discussions. Overview of current research topics. Making contacts with fellow students in other groups.
|Scientific talks and discussions on changing subjects.
|Prerequisites / Notice
|For information, location and details: http://www.tb.ethz.ch/education/zis.html
|Environmental Systems I
|C. Schär, S. Bonhoeffer, N. Dubois
|The lecture provides a science-based exploration of environmental aspects from three research fields: earth, climate, and health sciences.
|The 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.
|The 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.
|Slides are provided by instructors and are accessible via moodle.
|Seminar in Evolutionary Ecology of Infectious Diseases
|A. Mikaberidze, S. Bonhoeffer, R. R. Regös
|Students 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.
|This 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.
|A 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.
|Publications and class notes can be downloaded from a web page announced during the lecture.
|Papers will be assigned and downloaded from a web page announced during the lecture.
|Seminar in Microbial Evolution and Ecology (HS)
|Seminar of the groups Molecular Microbial
Ecology, Theoretical Biology, Experimental Ecology, Evolutionary Biology. Talks given by members of these groups and external visitors.
|In-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.
|Ecology and Evolution: Term Paper
|T. Städler, S. Bonhoeffer, A. Hall, J. Jokela, J. Levine, G. Velicer, A. Widmer
|Individual 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.
|- 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
|Topics 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).
- 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.
|Reading of articles in scientific journals