Research Skills in Ecology and Evolution 2

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode WPLS18025
Vaknaam Research Skills in Ecology and Evolution 2
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Research Skills in Ecology and Evolution 2
Leerdoelen -
Omschrijving This course consists of both academic skills and practical skills in Ecology & Evolution. One week is spend on the critical reading and interpretation of scientific research papers. For this, primary research literature in the framework of Ecology & Evolution is used, with a main focus on biodiversity, both in terms of fundamental and applied sciences. Students can express preference for one of the offered topics which all share the same learning goals. The assignment will be based on personal preference as well as capacity. During tutorials, students learn to distinguish structure - elements such as motive, purpose, arguments and conclusions - in the text of research papers using the Scientific Argumentation Model (SAM). Students will be tested via individual presentations on their ability to quickly read, summarize and comment on a paper.
Three weeks are spend on the basics of biodiversity and the tree of life: students will get an overview of the main species groups (domains, tree of life), their evolutionary history and evolutionary mechanisms (biogeography, adaptive evolution, genetic polymorphism), and the morphology and anatomy of these groups. This part consists of lectures and practicals where students will look at the morphology and anatomy of various representatives of the species groups in the lab, all in an evolutionary framework. In addition, students will work with computers to reconstruct phylogenies and evolutionary trees of life. For this part, students will be tested via a written and multiple choice exam.
In the remaining three weeks, students will learn important field techniques for sampling and estimating biodiversity in various habitats (terrestrial and aquatic), with the focus on plants, invertebrates and birds. Furthermore, students will learn to identify species of plants, invertebrates and birds using identification keys both in the lab as in the field.
Uren per week
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator prof. dr. ir. C. Smit
Docent(en) prof. dr. L.W. Beukeboom , Gastdocent(en) ,dr. E. Geuverink ,drs. J.C.E.W. Hooijmeijer ,dr. L.P.W.G.M. Jacobus Mgn Van De Zande
Opmerkingen This course is divided into two courses of 5 ECTS. In order to pass this course, you will have to obtain 2 results. These results will be registered in Progress as following:

Research Skills in Ecology and Evolution 1
Course code: WPLS18024

Research Skills in Ecology and Evolution 2
Course code: WPLS18025

The courses within the bachelor programmes Biology and Life Science & Technology are open to students of those degree programmes only. Students from other degree programmes may be unenrolled. Please contact the academic advisors of Biology/LST first.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Biology - Year 1 1 semester II b verplicht EE
BSc Biology: major Ecology and Evolution 1 semester II b verplicht
BSc Biology: major Integrative Biology  (Semester 2, EE route) 1 semester II b verplicht