701-0230-00L  Biogeochemistry of Alpine Habitats

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersM. H. Schroth, H. Bürgmann
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 9

AbstractThis course provides hands-on training in state-of-the-art methods to study microbial structures and biogeochemical processes in diverse Alpine systems. The emphasis is on field-scale measurements of biogeochemical processes, but the course also includes introductory lectures, laboratory experiments/analyses, as well as excursions, and concludes with student presentations of collected data.
ObjectiveCharacterization of microbial structures and quantification of biogeochemical processes in natural Alpine habitats using state-of-the-art molecular, chemical, and physical tools. We will study diverse Alpine habitats including microbial mats, Alpine wetlands, and the famous, permenantly stratified Lake Cadagno. Students will get acquainted with different methods including greenhouse-gas flux measurements, micro sensors, determination of depth profiles, microbiological techniques, etc. The students will also learn to collect samples in aquatic and terrestrial systems.
ContentThe field course is taught at the Alpine Biology Center (CBA) in Val Piora (TI), located at almost 2000 m above sea level next to famous Lake Cadagno.
Lecture notesHandouts will be provided during the course.
LiteratureM.T. Madigan, J.M. Martinko, P.V. Dunlap & J. Parker
"Brock Biology of Microorganisms", Pearson
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course will take place from Sun., 18.07.2021 to Sat., 24.07.2021.The course will be offered/taught jointly with the Aquatic and Isotope Biogeochemistry Group of the Univ. of Basel.

The course fee for students is CHF 400.-, which includes costs for housing, food, and equipment. Payment of the fee is due no later than May 15, 2021. After this date, unpaid course slots will be given to students on the waiting list!

An introductory meeting for this course will take place within the first few weeks of the Spring semester 2021. The date/time of this meeting will be announced by email to enrolled students (and students on the waiting list) by the end of February 2021.