Course on food web analysis - from sample to model

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General information

Aim of the course: introduction into food web analysis using the example of the Wadden Sea Ecosystem. Demonstration of the necessary steps of food web description: sampling and habitat analysis as well as basics of the ecological network analysis will be communicated by explaining and exercising simple modelling.
 
Target audience: advanced students, Bachelor,-Master- and PhD students with ecologically focused programme of study. Although the course is focusing on a marine ecosystem, interested students of terrestrial and limnic ecology as well as advanced disciplines are welcome.

Agenda:
Tuesday: 19.07.2016
 Arrival
 
Wednesday: 20.07.2016    NW: 8:31/21:01
 09:00- 10:00 General introduction into food web analysis
10:00- 10:30 Primary producers of the Wadden Sea
10:30- 11:15 Introduction into the course programme and building of teams (2-3 persons)
11:15- 12:30 Lunch break
12:30- 14:00 Primary producers and incubation of samples
14:00- 15:00 After sample procedures /incubation techniques/biomass sampling/chlorophyll
15:00- 17:00 Practical exercises to measure primary production/end of measurements
17:00- 18:00 Evaluating and presenting results
 
Thursday: 21.07.2016    NW: 9:13/21:43
 09:00- 12:00 Predators of the Wadden Sea: Excursion on board of RV MYA II
12:00- 13:00 Lunch break
13:00- 16:00 Analysing, evaluating and presenting results from fishing and dredging  
16:00- 17:00 Consumers of the Wadden Sea/ sampling techniques
 
Friday: 22.07.2016     NW:9:53/22:24
 09:00- 12:00 Field trip with benthic sampling  
12:00- 13:00 Lunch break
13:00- 16:00  
16:00- 18:00 Analysing samples (Biomass of macrobenthos), evaluating and presenting results
 
Saturday: 23.07.2016    NW: 10:21/23:03
 9:00- 12:00 Ornithological tour into Königshafen /bird predation at certain communities  
12:00- 14:00 Lunch break
14:00- 15:30 What kind of data are required to construct a quantitative food web?
15:30- 16:00 The Wadden Sea Ecosystem
16:00- 18:00 Literature and methodology reviews, methods of system analysis and introduction to Ecological Network analysis (ENA), explaining the data base of the food web of the Sylt-Rømø Bight
 
Sunday: 24.07.2016    NW:11:11/23:47
free
 
Monday: 25.07.2016     NW:11:56/-
 09:00 - 12:00 Statistical methods for modelling benthos communities  
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 18:00 Models of North Sea Benthos / applications, exercises and discussion
 
 Tuesday: 26.07.2016    NW: 0:35/12:44
 09:00 - 10:30 Input Output Analysis
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45- 12:00 Trophic Analysis
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch:
14:00 - 15:00 Cycle Analysis
15:00 - 16:00 Total System Properties
16:00 - 16:20 Coffee Break
16:20 - 17:00 Software and assistant programmes, books and literature
 
Wednesday 27.07.2016    NW:1:24/13:34
9:00- 10:00 Benthic communities and their role for energy flow and food web of the intertidal system of the Sylt-Rømø Bight
10:00- 12:00 Practical Exercises with food webs using network analysis
12:00- 14:00 Lunch
14:00- 18:00 Continuing practical exercises with own data and models
 
Thursday 28.07.2016    NW:2:12/14:29
 09:00- 12:00 Discussion of homework: How can we indicate stability of ecosystems? Departure from 12:00°° onwards

Contact Person: Harald Asmus (Harald.Asmus@awi.de )

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0831 - Fisheries", "1015 - Coastal and marine tourism", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0521 - Ecology", "0532 - Marine Geology

Venue

Venue:
Wattenmeerstation Sylt, Germany

Wattenmeerstation Sylt, Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Hafenstrasse 43, 25992 List auf Sylt

Application

Open from 13 May 2016

Cost:

Accommodation: the course is a full-time course and participants are accommodated in one of the guest houses of our institute in List at Sylt (18 Euro per day). For details please ask Dr. Harald Asmus.


Application Procedure:

For registration and further information, please contact Dr. Harald Asmus. Telefon: 04651/956 4218; Fax 04651/ 956 200; email: Harald.Asmus@awi.de

Qualification

Academic level:

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
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