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Cursus: NWI-BB022B
NWI-BB022B
Systems Ecology
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CursusNWI-BB022B
Studiepunten (ECTS)6
Categorie03 (Verdiepend)
VoertaalEngels
Aangeboden doorRadboud Universiteit; Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica; BioWetenschappen;
Docenten
VorigeVolgende 1
Examinator
dr. B.J.M. Robroek
Overige cursussen docent
Docent
Y. Telgenkamp
Overige cursussen docent
Docent
dr. M. Velthuis
Overige cursussen docent
Coördinator
dr. M. Velthuis
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. M. Velthuis
Overige cursussen docent
Collegejaar2023
Periode
KW1  (04-09-2023 t/m 05-11-2023)
Aanvangsblok
KW1
Onderwijsvorm
voltijd
OpmerkingMaximum capacity: 45. Ecology/Green-trajectory students have priority.
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersNee
VoorinschrijvingNee
WachtlijstJa
PlaatsingsprocedureVolgorde bepaald door opl./programma
ToelichtingVolgorde bepaald door opleiding/programma
Cursusdoelen
Systems ecology deals with ecological concepts that underpin the functioning of ecosystems, with emphasis on the aquatic environment, and on aspects of biodiversity related to the environment. You will gain solid insight in the networks of interactions between the abiotic and biotic elements that give rise to complex ecological systems at multiple scales, from the flow of energy to trying to understand the non-linear dynamics of of ecosystem responses to enviro-climatic change. In Systems Ecology you will take an interdisciplinary approach which bridges the areas of (wetland) ecology, biogeochemistry, community ecology, animal/plant ecology and ecosystem ecology.

Specifically, you will 
  • learn about the most important ecological theories, and apply these theories to explain how organisms have adapted to their (a)biotic environment
  • use concepts from ecological theory to argument the presence of certain patterns in biological communities and the landscape
  • be able to recognise characteristic plant- and animal species for typical ecosystems on the island of Terschelling (eg. coastal and dune systems) and use this knowledge to discuss important processes in the ecosystem.
  • perform experiments, analyse data and draw conclusions regarding the functioning of ecosystems in the light of nature conservation. 
  • additional skills: working with peers, presentation skills, scientific communication.

Systems Ecology is broken down in four core sections. In the first section you will lay down the basics on ecological theory and you will will apply that knowledge to write your own research hypotheses, summarized in a graphical research proposal. The second section will be based on the Dutch Island of Terschelling where you will learn to read the landscape using you newly acquired ecological knowledge. On Terschelling you will also perform research to test the hypotheses you have developed. The third section of the course will be partly lab based, analyzing samples gathered in the field and analyzing the results. Furthermore, you will gain in-depth knowledge on ecological processes to aid the interpretation of the gathered data and place them in ecological context. In the last section of the course, you will summarize your research findings in a group report and presentation. You will test your knowledge on ecological concepts and processes, gathered during the course, in a written exam.


 
Inhoud

This course addresses ecological concepts that underpin the organisation and functioning of ecosystems. It will address at least the following topics:

  • Processes and concepts of systems ecology
  • Energy and matter fluxes in ecosystems
  • Niches: concepts and theory
  • Patterns in species richness: the importance of interactions and feedbacks 
  • Biodiversity - Ecosystem Functioning
  • Transitions and patterns in ecosystems (alternative stable states, self-organisation, trophic interactions)
  • Anthropogenic influences, incl. climate change, on ecosystems and its functions

You will further familiarise yourself with:
  • Flora and fauna, and their relationship to habitat quality
  • Characteristic ecosystems of the Island of Terschelling
  • Ecological research principles: experimental set-up, sampling, monitoring, biogeochemical analyses

Instructional modes:
  • Lectures
  • Field excursion and hands-on research
  • Lab work
  • Workshops (data analysis, reporting)
  • Presentation
  • Self-study
Niveau

Voorkennis
The course Systems Ecology builds on knowledge gained at the first year courses on Ecology (NWI-BP030) and Biodiversity (NWI-BP027B), as well as the second year course Statistics 2 (NWI-BB093). Hence, we expect a proficient level on basic and applied ecology, the principles of biodiversity, and a basic knowledge of hypothesis testing. Moreover, it is recommended to follow Ecological Theory and Data Analysis (NWI-BB083B) simultaneously with this course, for its focus on statistical analyses of ecological data. Furthermore, we expect proficiency in English which is the main language of the lectures, workshops and assignments.
Toetsinformatie
Summative assessment:
  • Written exam (50%)
  • Field test Terschelling (10%)
  • Report (30%)
  • Final presentation (10%)
A grade ≥ 5.5 must be obtained for the written exam. Such minimum mark does not hold for the other components, but a pass (≥ 5.5) must be obtained for the overall course. Active participation in the field component (Terschelling part), and laboratory part of the course is mandatory.
Bijzonderheden
  • Please note that every student that enrols in this course will be placed on a waiting list. Enrolment can only be effectuated by sending a brief (max. 250 words) motivation statement to Yvet Telgenkamp (yvet.telgenkamp@ru.nl) before the 31th of July.
  • If the maximum capacity (45 students) is exceeded, and in case of comparable motivation, students in the Ecology/'Green' trajectory receive priority. We will make a final decision on enrolment when the deadline for enrolments is past due, so please make sure to enrol for a back-up course in time! 
  • If the maximum capacity is not exceeded after the deadline for the motivation statement (July 31th), the course will be filled up on a first-come-first-served basis with supernumerary students being put on a waiting list.
  • It is compulsory to partake in the field component of this course, which will take place from 15 to 22 September 2023 –weekend included– on the Dutch island of Terschelling.
  • Lectures, lab work and workshops for this course will take place on Thursday and Friday. Lab days on 28 and 29 September are compulsory.
  • Students are asked to contribute €200 towards travel (train, boat, bike rent), accommodation, and subsistence. If you enrol, you agree with the financial contribution; no-show students will still be charged. 
  • Contact: Ms. Yvet Telgenkamp (yvet.telgenkamp@ru.nl) and Dr. Mandy Velthuis (mandy.velthuis@ru.nl).

 
Verplicht materiaal
Handleiding
Terschellingexcursie
Digitale leeromgeving (Brightspace)
Access to Brightspace is compulsory
Reis- en/of verblijfskosten
A contribution will be asked to cover costs for travel, accommodation, and subsistence
Kosten:200,00
Aanbevolen materiaal
Boek
Natural Systems: The Organisation of Life
ISBN:978-1-118-90592-0
Titel:Natural Systems: The Organisation of Life
Auteur:Markus Eichhorn
Uitgever:Wiley
Druk:1
Kosten:53,00
Werkvormen
Cursusgebeurtenis

Excursie
AanwezigheidsplichtJa

Practicum
AanwezigheidsplichtJa

Project
AanwezigheidsplichtJa

Sustainability certificate
AanwezigheidsplichtJa

Toetsen
Exam
Weging5
ToetsvormTentamen
GelegenhedenBlok KW1, Blok KW2

Test
Weging1
ToetsvormTest
GelegenhedenBlok KW1, Blok KW2

Presentation
Weging1
ToetsvormPresentatie
GelegenhedenBlok KW1, Blok KW2

Report
Weging3
ToetsvormVerslag
GelegenhedenBlok KW1, Blok KW2

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