|Credit points||12.0 KP|
|Faculty/Institute||Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences|
|Used in course of study||
|Skills to be acquired in this module||
The module imparts advanced knowledge on different aspects of ornithology. The students acquire:
++ deepened biological expertise
+ deepened knowledge of biological working methods
+ critical and analytical thinking
+ independent searching and knowledge of scientific literature
++ data presentation and discussion in German and English (written and spoken)
The module is composed of the lecture “Ecology and Physiology of Birds”, a seminar accompanying the lecture “Current Questions of Ornithology”, a seminar “Behavioural Ecology of Birds", and a seminar "Methods in Field Ornithology".
Lecture “Ecology and Physiology of Birds”:
This lecture consolidates special aspects of systematics, morphology, physiology, migration, orientation, population biology, communication and behavioural ecology in birds.
Seminar “Current Questions of Ornithology”:
In this seminar, original English publications are presented and discussed which deal with current research results from various fields treated in the lecture. Every student reads a paper on one scientific article and discusses the results of that article with the other participants.
Seminar “Behavioural Ecology of Birds” (option 1):
In the seminar, current literature relating to the life history of birds will be reported. During the term, each participant is presenting an original paper in a short talk and the group of students will be guided to critically discuss the paper.
Seminar "Methods in Field Ornithology" (option 2):
The core methods of field ornithology, such as stable isotopes, bird census, ringing, radar, radio tracking, etc., will be introduced with the help of English scientific papers by the students. In the presentations the corresponding methods will be explained in detail with an emphasis on the pros and cons of the method. The aim of this seminar is to learn how to deal with scientific methods in a critical way.
Bairlein F (1996) Ökologie der Vögel. G. Fischer, Stuttgart.
Bennett PM, Owens IPF (2002) Evolutionary Ecology of birds: Life histories, mating systems, and extinction. Oxford
Berthold P (1996) Control of bird migration. Chapman & Hall, London.
Berthold P, Gwinner E, Sonnenschein E (2003) Avian migration. Springer, Berlin.
Brooke M, Birkhead T (1991) The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Ornithology. Cambridge UP, Cambridge.
Carey C (1996) Avian energetics and nutritional ecology. Chapman & Hall, New York.
Catchpole CK, Slater PJB (1995) Bird song. Cambridge UP, Cambridge.
Danchin E, Giraldeau L-A, Cezilly F (2008) Behavioural Ecology. Oxford
Farner DS, King JR (eds., 1971-1993) Avian Biology. Vol. I-IX. Academic Press, New York.
Furness RW, Monaghan P (1987) Seabird Ecology. Blackie, Glasgow.
Gill FB (1990) Ornithology. Freeman, New York.
Gwinner E (1990) Bird migration. Springer, Berlin.
Perrins CM, Birkhead TR (1983) Avian Ecology. Blackie, Glasgow.
Phillips JG, Butler PJ, Sharp PJ (1985) Physiological Strategies in Avian Biology. Blackie, Glasgow.
Podulka S, Rohrbaugh RW, Bonney R (2004) Handbook of Bird Biology. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca.
Scanes CG (2015) Sturkie's Avian Physiology, 6th edition. Academic Press
Scott G (2010) Essential Ornithology. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Partiticipating Institution: Institut für Vogelforschung
|Languages of instruction||German, English|
|Duration (semesters)||1 Semester|
associated with bio900
|Modullevel||MM (Mastermodul / Master module)|
|Modulart||Wahlpflicht / Elective|
|Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program|
|Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge|
|Course type||Comment||SWS||Frequency||Workload attendance|
|Total time of attendance for the module||112 h|
|Examination||Time of examination||Type of examination|
|Final exam of module||
Klausur in der letzten Vorlesungswoche
Presentations 40% (the main seminar is mandatory, one of the two options one need to be taken)
Written examination 60%
Regular active participation is required for the module to be passed successfully.