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

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersR. A. Werner, N. Buchmann, A. Gessler, M. Lehmann
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish



Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
751-5125-00 GStable Isotope Ecology of Terrestrial Ecosystems Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Block course from 12-19 January 2024, 8.30-18.00.
2 hrs
12.01. - 19.01.08:15-18:00LFW B 2 »
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.
CompetenciesCompetencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Problem-solvingfostered
Project Managementassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Self-direction and Self-management assessed

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 examinationAttendance and active participation during all parts of the course is expected (min. 80% attendance).
Performance assessment consists of different parts: (1) active participation, and (2) group work within an IsoProject (3-4 persons per group). The "IsoProject" takes place in the afternoon sessions and includes experimental design, carrying out of specific experiments, data acquisition, lab and data analyses, data interpretation. During the last day, the IsoProject will be presented to the peers.

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 10.09.2023 only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupAgricultural Sciences MSc (762000)
Waiting listuntil 05.10.2023

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