751-5125-00L  Stable Isotope Ecology of Terrestrial Ecosystems

SemesterAutumn Semester 2021
LecturersR. A. Werner, N. Buchmann, A. Gessler, M. Lehmann
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 20.



Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
751-5125-00 GStable Isotope Ecology of Terrestrial Ecosystems Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
This block course takes place on 14 January 2022 to 21 January 2022.
2 hrs
14.01. - 21.01.08:15-18:00LFW B 1 »
R. A. Werner, N. Buchmann, A. Gessler, M. Lehmann

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course provides an overview about the applicability of stable isotopes (carbon 13C, nitrogen 15N, oxygen 18O and hydrogen 2H) to process-oriented ecological research. Topics focus on stable isotopes as indicators for the origin of pools and fluxes, partitioning of composite fluxes as well as to trace and integrate processes. In addition, students carry out a small project during lab sessions.
ObjectiveStudents will be familiar with basic and advanced applications of stable isotopes in studies on plants, soils, water and trace gases, know the relevant approaches, concepts and recent results in stable isotope ecology, know how to combine classical and modern techniques to solve ecophysiological or ecological problems, learn to design, carry out and interpret a small IsoProject, practice to search and analyze literature as well as to give an oral presentation.
ContentThe analyses of stable isotopes often provide insights into ecophysiological and ecological processes that otherwise would not be available with classical methods only. Stable isotopes proved useful to determine origin of pools and fluxes in ecosystems, to partition composite fluxes and to integrate processes spatially and temporally.

This course will provide an introduction to the applicability of stable isotopes to ecological research questions. Topics will focus on carbon (13C), nitrogen (15N), oxygen (18O) and hydrogen (2H) at natural isotope abundance and tracer levels. Lectures will be supplemented by intensive laboratory sessions, short presentations by students and computer exercises.
Lecture notesHandouts will be available on the webpage of the course.
LiteratureWill be discussed in class.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course is based on fundamental knowledge about plant ecophysiology, soil science, and ecology in general. Course will be taught in English.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersR. A. Werner, N. Buchmann, A. Gessler, M. Lehmann
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examination- active participation in class
•- "IsoProject": experimental design, carry out specific experiments in the afternoon sessions (in groups of four students), data acquisition, lab analyses, data analyses and interpretation
•- oral student presentation

Learning materials

 
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Restrictions

General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
Places20 at the most
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is until 12.09.2021 only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupAgricultural Sciences MSc (762000)
Waiting listuntil 07.10.2021

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