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50260-01 - Vorlesung: Ecology and Evolution 1 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster Jedes Frühjahrsem.
Dozierende Jan Beck (jan.beck@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt The course will provide you with sound background knowledge in ecology and evolutionary biology. While I will primarily treat basic science topics and principles in these fields, the topics were also chosen for their relevance for applied sciences such as conservation, agro-sciences and ecosystem management. We will treat the basics of evolutioanry theory (e.g., common descent, natural selection, reproductive isolation and speciation), the genetic basis of evolution (e.g., mutation and recombination, selfish genes), and examples of human impact on evolution. The ecology part introduces basic concepts such as population growth, interspecific interactions, and the patterns of primary productivity and their consequences (among others). We will also look in detail at the geographic ranges of species and resulting emergent phenomena, such as biodiversity. A global perspective on the human impact on biodiversity, and its feedback on human economy, will put this into applied perspective.
Lernziele You will understand the scientific basis of ecological and evolutionary theory, which is a precondition to understand many applied issues in conservation, ecosystem management, agricultural sciences and other topics of human-environment relationships.
Literatur Recommended textbooks:
- Biogeography, 4th ed., by Mark V. Lomolino, Brett R. Riddle, and Robert J. Whittaker; Oxford University Press.
- Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems, 4th ed., by Michael Begon, Colin R. Townsend, John L. Harper; Wiley-Blackwell
- Evolution, 3rd ed. by Mark Ridley; Wiley-Blackwell.

- The selfish gene by Richard Dawkins, Oxford University Press.
- Collapse: how societies choose to fail or survive by Jared Diamond; Penguin Books.

All books are available at Basel university library.
Additional journal article links or PDFs will be made available during the course (via ADAM).
Bemerkungen MSD 2017
Mandatory for students with focus area in social sciences and in economics. Unless you have a background in natural sciences and have already attended a similar course; you would have to substitute it by agreement with Prof. Dr. Patraicia Holm (learning agreement).

For students with focus area in natural sciences the lecture is optional (and can be attended if you have not attended a similar course already) credit points are to be transferred to the "Focal Areas in Sustainability Research" module (learning agreement).

This lecture is offered by MSD. Dr. J. Beck holds a teaching assignment. For more information on Jan Beck see: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1170-4751


Teilnahmebedingungen Participation only possible for MSD students (incl. preparation semester).
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall unregelmässig
Datum 03.03.2021 – 26.05.2021
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben

teaching on: 03.03.21, 17.03.21, 31.03.21, 28.04.21, 05.05.21, 12.05.21, and 26.05.21.

Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 03.03.2021 16.15-17.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 17.03.2021 16.15-17.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 31.03.2021 16.15-17.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 28.04.2021 16.15-17.45 Uhr Bernoullianum, Grosser Hörsaal 148
Mittwoch 05.05.2021 16.15-17.45 Uhr Bernoullianum, Grosser Hörsaal 148
Mittwoch 12.05.2021 16.15-17.45 Uhr Bernoullianum, Grosser Hörsaal 148
Mittwoch 26.05.2021 16.15-17.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Module Modul: Komplementärer Basisbereich Naturwissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Leistungsüberprüfung Leistungsnachweis
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Regular attendance. Required readings and active participation. Written examination online: 26.05.21: during ususal time slot of teaching.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung An-/Abmelden: Belegen resp. Stornieren der Belegung via MOnA
Wiederholungsprüfung eine Wiederholung, bester Versuch zählt
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Universität Basel
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Departement Umweltwissenschaften