Biology for Geologists
Microbes, metazoans and plants all play key roles in modifying and maintaining the chemistry, geology and physical nature of earth's environments. An understanding of key biological concepts and processes is therefore necessary for all geobiologists, and it is the aim of this course to provide an introduction to these. This course is taught collaboratively between Nicolas Cerveau (microbes), Christina Beimforde (plants), Prof. Alexander Schmidt (plants) and Prof. Daniel Jackson (metazoans).
Ausgewählte Aspekte des Ökosystemmanagements
The oceans of the earth harbor the greatest diversity of multicellular life on the planet, with many phyla completely restricted to marine ecosystems. Humankind also exploits many resources present in these habitats. It is the intention of this course to provide a broad appreciation of the biological diversity present in these diverse environments, and to appreciate some of the complex interactions between humankind and and the animals that occupy them. Many of these interactions are the subject of current global challenges (ocean acidification and coral bleaching for example), and we will discuss various aspects of these. This course consists of bi-weekly, student led presentations followed by a discussion session.
Introduction to Molecular, Phylogenetic and DNA barcoding methods
With rapid advances in DNA sequencing technologies molecular data is becoming more and more relevant to many fields of modern science. This course will provide students with an introduction to basic molecular procedures including: genomic DNA extraction and purification, PCR amplification, DNA sequencing and sequence analysis. As an exercise we will collect a variety of invertebrates from local Göttingen habitats, PCR amplify and sequence a “DNA barcode” from each of these, and analyse these barcodes using a range of bioinformatic techniques. In theorey this barcode has the potential to uniquely identify every species on the planet. In this course we will test that theorey.
DNA technologies for ecosystem monitoring
An ability to understand and define what constitutes a population of a given species is of criticial importance if one is to soundly manage and monitor the future of that species. Measures of genetic diversity, gene flow and coalescent theorey are some of the tools that molecular biology can bring to a modern management strategy for a population of interest, and more broadly, to ecosystems. This course will introduce students to some of these basic population genetic methodologies.
The course includes lectures and a laboratory-based component which will introduce students to molecular techniques such as DNA isolation, PCR, microsatellite amplification and mtDNA haplotype amplification. There will also be a bioinformatic component that will allow students to analyse typical population scale datasets. Students will work in groups of 2-3 on laboratory exercises and present a final lab based report.
Molekulare Zoologie: Themen und Methoden
The module addresses students who want to acquire profound theoretical and practical knowledge of molecular genetic approaches. Relevant methods and experimental design are imparted theoretically and practically. Selected topics of molecular zoology are profoundly covered in the lectures based current publications. Current molecular approaches in pest control and insect biotechnology are covered as well.
Current developmental biology, advanced module
Advanced knowledge in planing and execution of scietific experiments in the field of current developmental biology. Acurate and detailed documentation of the experimental design and performance of the experiments as well as the obteined results. Evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of the applied methods. Research and consideration of the basics (textbook knowledge) and already published original papers in the specific field of research. Discussion of the obtained results.
Biology for Geologists