Meta-analyses in Ecology (22/23)

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WMBY013-05
Vaknaam Meta-analyses in Ecology (22/23)
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II (01-02-2021 till 10-04-2021)
ECTS 5
Rooster tweejaarlijks, loopt in 2020/2021

Uitgebreide vaknaam Meta-analyses in Ecology (2022/2023)
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1) design a relevant research question on emergent issues in the ecological field of biodiversity effects on ecosystem
function that is suitable for meta-analysis (synthesis)
2) analyze their own research question using meta-analysis (analysis).
3) summarize, evaluate and assess their own research question in a presentation and written report (evaluation).
Omschrijving Generalization of ecological research by the synthesis of experiments and data from the literature has proven to be an important modern complement to empirical ecological research. Instead of focusing on an indefinite number of idiosyncratic exceptions meta-analysis emphasizes general insights and promotes common ecological understanding.

Understanding the function of biodiversity is an emerging ecological topic related to ecosystem functioning. It facilitates predicting consequences of biodiversity loss for ecosystem services by the global biodiversity crisis.

The course will:
1) give an overview on the importance of species diversity and species functional traits for the function of important community properties.
2) teach to use different tools in ecological meta-analysis.
3) perform a meta-analysis, including tests of own hypothesis, either using provided datasets of experiments testing the function of biodiversity for ecosystem performance (B~F experiments), or using own data collected from recent literature.

The course is given together with the University of Oldenburg, and is arranged around three workshops. The first workshop (in Wilhelmshaven, Germany) contains theoretical sections on biodiversity. The second workshop is on tools used to extract, handle and analyze large data sets using meta-analyses. There will be a strong focus on recent literature and the students are expected to analyze this literature for new exciting questions. In the third workshop (in Groningen, The Netherlands) the results will be presented at a mini-symposium.

The course is run over ca. 8 weeks during which the main effort will be to produce your own ecological meta-analysis! Thus, the course can be run in parallel with other master projects
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Bijeenkomst (S), Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(Lectures , practicals , tutorials, seminar (participation in all three workshops are mandatory to pass course))
Toetsvorm Presentatie (P), Verslag (R)
(Written and oral report (grade is based on the presentation and written report together 50/50))
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. B.D.H.K. Eriksson
Docent(en) prof. dr. B.D.H.K. Eriksson , J. Hillebrand
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Computer with R-studio installed is required during tutorials. R-scripts and data are provided to be able to perform analyses
Workshop in Wilhelmshaven (1 or 2 depending on schedule) €  15,00
Entreevoorwaarden Bachelor in Ecology or Marine Biology. This course assumes prior knowledge acquired from Biostatistics N2 (WLB07093) or similar course that learns the basics in R.
Opmerkingen Max. 8 students.
Location: Department of Marine Benthic Ecology and Evolution, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies, at the Linneausborg in Groningen and at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine environment (ICBM) in Wilhelmshaven
Costs: There will be extra costs in connection with travelling to Wilhelmshaven (ca 20 Euro).
Study load: 140 uur

This course was registered last year with course code MLMB01A
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MSc Biology: Science, Business and Policy  (Compulsory master courses) - semester II keuze
MSc Biomolecular Sciences  (Electives/Optional modules) - semester II keuze
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MSc Ecology and Evolution: Ecology and Conservation  (Electives/optional modules) - semester II keuze
MSc Ecology and Evolution: Evolutionary Biology  (Electives/optional modules) - semester II keuze
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