IMPRS-gBGC core course: Terrestrial Biosphere
This course will focus on processes important in biosphere-atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases as well as methods used to scale these exchange processes to understand their importance in global biogeochemical cycles.
The emphasis will be on plants since soils are covered in a separate course.
If you are an doctoral researcher with limited background knowledge in biology and ecology, this is the right course for you.
1. When & where
- May 2015
- Start at 09:00 in seminar room B0.002, MPI for Biogeochemistry
- Visit to the Jena Experiment (>> location in google maps)
Click here to register before April 28, 2015.
L = lecture, D = demonstration, P = practical, E = excursion
|Mon, May 11, 2015||Introduction and ecophysiology|
|09:00 - 10:30||L||Hierarchical theory and levels of organization of biological systems|
- Intro to ecophysiology
|11:00 - 12:30||L||Photosynthesis, respiration and phloem transport, part 1|
|13:15 - 15:00||L||Photosynthesis, respiration and phloem transport, part 2|
see details above
|15:30 - 17:00||D/P||Measuring photosynthesis using Licor 6400|
CO2 and light gradients
|Tue, May 12, 2015|
|09:00 - 12:30||L||Water transport, mineral nutrition and symbiotic interactions||Henrik Hartmann|
|13:15 - 17:00||D/P||Measuring plant water potential, assessment of stomatal parameters and estimation of GPP/NPP using a closed chamber approach||Henrik Hartmann, Christine Römermann|
|9:00 - 13:00||E||field trip to the Jena Experiment (ca. 2 h on site)|
(how to get there: >> www.vmt-thueringen.de, start: Beutenberg Campus, stop: Jena, Zwätzen Brückenstr. or Jena-Zwätzen (Zug))
|Tue, May 26, 2015||Plant traits and modeling plant/soil||Jens Kattge, Carlos Sierra|
|09:00 - 12:00||L|
- biogeochemical cycles in general & models of BGC cycles
|14:00 - 17:00||P/D||building a simple biogeochemical model in 3 steps of abstraction (visual representation, mathematical representation, working model)|
for this part, please bring a laptop with a current version of R and RStudio installed. You will need the deSolve package for solving differential equations.
|Tue, May 27, 2015||Plants in Landscapes & large scale biodiversity / biogeography||Shaun Levick, Axel Kleidon|
|09:00 - 10:30||L||Pattern and process at landscape scales|
- the physical template
|11:00 - 12:30||L|
Large scale biodiversity and biogeography
|14:00 - 16:00||L|
Lab exercise - geophysical modelling
|Axel Kleidon & Shaun Levick|
|Mon, July 13, 2015||Biodiversity – plants interacting with each other and higher trophic levels||Christiane Roscher, Anne Ebeling, Kristin Bohn|
|9:00 - 10:30||L|
- What is biodiversity?
|11:00 - 12:30||L|
- Biodiversity experiments
|13:15 - 13:45||L|
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