Lecturers Dr. Arthur Gessler (WSL), Dr. Dagmar Schröter (ETH)
Ecosystem Complexity and Function To demonstrate and “experience” (through case studies) the complexity of interactions and structures in ecosystems: Ecosystem processes, functions and services interact and feed back across multiple spatio-temporal scales.
To analyse biogeochemical cycles: the role of ecosystem structures and trophic interactions between organisms.
To show how biodiversity and the interaction between organisms is an integral part of ecosystems, and how the link between biodiversity and process/function/service is rarely fully understood.
Ecosystems & Society – the Human-Environment System To understand the importance of ecosystem services for society.
To provide a learning experience of the complexity of environmental decision making by exploring applied environmental questions together.
To reflect on ecology as a young discipline at the heart of significant applied questions.
Ecological Methods To get an overview of the methods of ecosystem research, and provide an exemplary deeper insight into some of them, namely ecosystem observation, manipulation and modelling.