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50264-01 - Vorlesung mit Übungen: Global Change Ecology 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster Jedes Frühjahrsem.
Dozierende Philipp Hirsch (philipp.hirsch@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt We will treat the ecological relationships of global change following a hierarchical flow: going from basic food web effects to multiple trophic relationships, eventually including humans as recipients and agents of global change.
Furthermore, we will frequently use aquatic ecosystems as case studies because they are disproportionally affected by global change and their ecosystem services are especially threatened and especially important to humans.
Finally, we will consider global change beyond climate change and will treat land-use change, global transport and trade, change of human consumption patterns and pollution, global energy system change, species extinctions and invasions, and more.

Specific topics include (but are not limited to!):
1) eco-evolutionary effects of land-use change and eutrophication, including a discussion of mitigation measures and socio-cultural effects;
2) ecological effects of earlier spring across multiple species in terrestrial food webs;
3) ecological effects and ecosystem service changes due to global species extinctions;
4) ecological and socio-economic effects of the global renewable energy development, including a discussion of future solutions;
5) human consumption patterns and ecological effects of microplastics pollution, including a discussion of the feasibility of existing solutions;
6) ecological and socio-economic effects and transdisciplinary management approaches of biological invasions, including a discussion of currently available management options.

The lecture
- will be research-based. It will include specific case studies from the primary literature and will connect to current ongoing research;
- will also include application sections focusing on the discussion of existing solutions for mitigating the negative ecological effects of global change:
- will include specific local connections to the situation in Switzerland.

Practical course:
As a practical part each student will create a learning portfolio in parallel to the lecture. In this portfolio key questions raised in the lectures will be answered by students off class using own resources (e.g. literature research).
The portfolios will be collected and commented by peers and the lecturer. Based on this feedback the portfolios are developed as a complementary resource to the lecture slides in preparation for the final written exam. The portfolios serve to practice the access to the course and exam content but will not be graded.

Lernziele The students
- understand the ecological effects of global change in different ecosystems and can explain patterns and the underlying mechanisms;
- can critically analyze existing research approaches and available data in the context of global change ecology;
- can identify the interface between the approach of ecological sciences and other sciences to describe and understand global change;
- understand the challenges of finding solutions to the negative effects of global change.

Literatur Research articles as pdf-upload on ADAM will be supplied during the course.
Bemerkungen Please note the specific entry requirements and mandatory course application procedure (additional to registration on MOnA). For details see corresponding paragraphs.

MSD 2017
Mandatory lecture for MSD students with focus area in natural sciences, CP can only be recognized for the published module.
Students with focus area in social siences or in economics have to transfer the credit points to the FASR module (learning agreement).

This lecture is offered by MSD. Dr. P. Hirsch is post doc staff member of Man-Society-Environment, Dep. Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Sciences.


Teilnahmebedingungen Mandatory course application, for details see "course application" or "Anmeldung".
Limited number of participants (25). Students of the MSD (incl. preparation semester) have a first priority.
Non-MSD students must be studying a master's degree within the Department of Environmental Sciences/Faculty of Siences.

MSD 2017
Students who have chosen the focus area in social sciences or in economics must have completed the 'Complementary Knowledge in Natural Sciences' module (at least 8 CP).

Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Mandatory application for ALL: Link for application open from 18.01.22/noon - 06.02.22/midnight:

Login on top row right hand side of ADAM website. The link is open as soon as the application form is online.

In case of vacancies the mandatory online application link remains open until 03.03.22/noon.

Course enrollment on MOnA should be completed by the beginning of the teaching period
(withdrawal possible until Monday of week five)
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 25.02.2022 – 27.05.2022
Zeit Freitag, 10.15-12.00 Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 211
Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 25.02.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 04.03.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 11.03.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Freitag 18.03.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 25.03.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 01.04.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 08.04.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 15.04.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Ostern
Freitag 22.04.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 29.04.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 06.05.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 13.05.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 20.05.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 27.05.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Auffahrt
Module Modul: Kernbereich Naturwissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Leistungsüberprüfung Leistungsnachweis
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Regular attendance, readings, create a learning portfolio.
Written examination: 20.05.22, during usual lecture time, usual lecture room.
Repetition exam: In June, details tba.
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