Research Skills in Ecology and Evolution 2

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WBBY065-05
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 At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1) Recognize the main groups of plants, invertebrates and birds in the Netherlands based on their most important characteristics.
2) Identify these by name based on available keys.
3) Apply multiple methods for catching and collecting.
4) Link between the occurrence of species and the type of habitat.
5) Describe the main species groups and position these in the tree of life.
Omschrijving This course consists of both academic skills and practical skills in Ecology & Evolution. Part of the course is spent 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. During tutorials, students learn to distinguish structure - elements such as motive, purpose, arguments and conclusions - in the text of research papers. Students will be tested on their ability to read, summarize and comment on a paper. A series of lectures is built 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. The students will perform molecular and behavioral experiments in the lab to learn how to collect, record and organize different types of data. In addition, students will work with computers to visualize their datasets and to reconstruct phylogenetic trees.
After the general overview of biodiversity, 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. Students will be tested via a multiple-choice exam on their knowledge of local biodiversity and the overall tree of life, and they will be tested on their species identification skills with field samples (WBBY065-05, 5 ECTS). The practical and academic skills are assessed with assignments (WBBY064-05, 5 ECTS).
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC)
(Lectures 22 hrs, practicals 72 hrs, self study 46 hrs.)
Toetsvorm Meerkeuze toets (MC), Opdracht (AST), Practisch werk (PR), Presentatie (P), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(WE 40%, MC 60%, reports/presentation/practicals 0%.)
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator prof. dr. ir. C. Smit
Docent(en) prof. dr. L.W. Beukeboom ,dr. E. Geuverink , Guest lecturer ,prof. dr. ir. C. Smit
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Biology, a Global Approach 11 2018 Campbell, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, Reece 9781292170435 €  65,00
Guides and keys for the identification of plants and invertebrates (to
be specified later)
Guide for the identification of birds (to be specified later)
Entreevoorwaarden No prior knowledge required.

This course unit is only accessible to students enrolled in the Bachelor's programmes Biology or old curriculum Life Science & Technology. Students following other degree programmes cannot follow this course unit and will be unenrolled in Progress.
Opmerkingen Research Skills in Ecology and Evolution 1 and 2 must be taken together in order to pass the course "Research Skills in Ecology and Evolution" (10 ECTS)

Students need to participate in field excursions and lab practicals and successfully perform all assignments (pass/fail). The final exam consists of species identification (5 plant species, 10 invertebrates) and MC questions on plants/invertebrates/birds at the end of the course.

Students need to participate in the field excursions and lab practicals. If a student is absent at more than 2 lab or field practicals, this student will be excluded from the exam.

Capacity: max. 65 students.

Other lecturers: Jeroen Onrust, Christophe Brochard
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