Introduction to ecological modelling
For biologists (Batchelor)
Together with D. Straile
Contents: Introduction to theoretical ecology and development of mathematical and numerical formulation of models for ecosystem interactions.
Predator-prey interactions, competition, age structured populations, transport and population growth, numerical techniques to solve differential equations and diffusion problems.
Modelling course: introduction to MATLAB, design of code to solve mathematical models for biological interactions, sensitivity studies, limits of numerical solvers.
Concepts in Ecology
Together with K-O Rothhaupt
Inhalt: Lecture concerned with important concepts in ecology: stoichiometry, optimal foraging, demography, life history, facilitation and mutualism, chemical communication, predor-prey interaction, biodiversity, food webs, spatial ecology, biological invasions, aquatic ecology, food quality
General Limnology (in Freiburg i. Breisgau)
For biologists at the University in Freiburg
Together with K-O Rothhaupt, B. Schink, R. Eckmann
Content: The course provides basic knowledge and an overview in limnology. Teaching of the environmental physics group covers the topics: Physical processes in limnic ecosystems. methods and concepts in physical limnology.
Seminar: Selected topics in environmental physics
Together with H. Hofmann
Content: Discussion of basic and current papers in
- Aquatic physics: Surface waves, internal wave, sediment-water exchange, turbulence, ecosystem interactions.
- Methane; global change, climatic warming
- Modelling: numerical modelling of transport and biological interactions, water quality models, theoretical ecology.
- Methods: time series analysis, statistical analysis, experimental techniques. Discussion of current manuscripts and research results of the environmental physics group.