Prof. Dr. Henner Hollert, Hollert@bio.uni-frankfurt.de, Tel +49 69 798 42171
PD Dr. Werner Brack (UFZ und GU), email@example.com
Dr. Sarah Johann firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel +49 69 798 42169
Dr. Sarah Crawford, email@example.com, Tel +49 69 798 42169
lecture, special knowledge of limnoecology is imparted, including multiple
environmental stressors and evolutionary ecology. In the second part of the
lecture, methodological aspects of the chemical analysis of environmental
contaminants (target and non-target analysis) and modern methods of mixture
assessment are considered. Finally, in the seminar, the students prepare very
recent research papers on the lecture topics and present in the group. In a
subsequent discussion, the contents are thus deepened and critically considered
from different perspectives.
practical course complements and deepens the contents on stress ecology,
evolutionary ecology and environmental analysis taught in the theoretical part
of the module. As a special unique selling point, the practical course has the
interdisciplinary processing of research questions on case studies. The focus
is on the practical application of limnological and aquatic ecology studies
combined with modern laboratory procedures in stress ecology and evolutionary
ecology (e.g. molecular work). Thematically, the practical course focuses on investigating
multiple stressors, reflecting the challenges of our modern times in climate
change. The fact that the assessment of the state of an ecosystem is determined
by the interaction of a chemical with ecological stressors ( e.g. warming,
salinisation and acidification) is becoming increasingly important. The multiple
stressors are investigated in the practical course both in the field and in the
laboratory using important ecological or ecotoxicological proxy organisms and
selected pollutants of anthropogenic origin.
methods for the chemical analysis of environmental contamination, the
assessment of mixture toxicities and the search for the drivers of toxicity are
taught. The additional part of the practical course on media competence offers
a special supplement. In this, the students are introduced to an often
underestimated but at the same time enormously important aspect of science
communication using the examples on multiple stressors selected in the
practical course. The internship includes fieldwork within walking distance of
the Biologicum and a field trip of several days to the Helmholtz Centre for
Environmental Research in Leipzig and various locations (Holtemme, Bitterfeld,
dams in the Harz Mountains).
competence objectives of the practical course include the evaluation of the physical
and ecological functioning of flowing waters and the role of aquatic ecology in
the context of multiple environmental stressors and evolutionary ecology. In
addition, practical laboratory work is deepened, and course participants become
familiar with modern chemical analysis procedures and evaluation methods.
Experiments to investigate multiple stressors in the aquatic representative
organisms Danio rerio and Daphnia magna are planned in a team,
and hypothesis-driven questions are formulated. Independent work on these and
practical implementation prepares the students for final theses and further
careers in science. After the course, the students can communicate subject- and
addressee-related in speech and writing, also using techniques such as
visualisation, presentation and moderation.
Time slot of the module – second half of the summer semester.
Number of participants – 12 to 16.
features - The
module can be conducted entirely or partly in English in consultation with the
students. Parts of the module are conducted in the field and outside Frankfurt.
of the working group –
Video clips on the MSc course in SS 2020 (Teaching in the times of the Covid-19 pandemic):
Biozentrum, Campus Riedberg
Gebäude N 101, Raum 1.07
60438 Frankfurt am Main
T +49 69 798-46475
F +49 69 798-46470
Tuesday and thursday from 12-14 o'clock and by arrangement