Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Biogeography

Teaching philosophy

Contributing to undergraduate (BSc and BA level) and graduate (MSc and MA level) education at the Department of Geography is a core mission of the Conversation Biogeography Lab. Our overarching goals in teaching are:

  • Broaden students’ understanding of basic and advanced concepts in biogeography, conservation science, ecology, and sustainability science
  • Introduce students to cutting edge tools to quantitatively analyze phenomena in these fields
  • Foster students’ capacity to develop their own ideas and critical thinking, and to share their views
  • Develop students’ abilities to work independently as well as in teams
  • Allow students to learn more about how science works
  • Improve students’ communication skills
  • Offer classes that are fun!


Field trip to the Natural History
Museum as a part of the
biogeography class

Classes offered

Our classes are usually offered as interactive and integrated courses, combining lectures, discussion groups, seminars, lab exercises, or field work. Many of our classes are centered based on problem-based learning and project-oriented work. Wherever possible, we strive to closely couple teaching with our ongoing research.

Read more about which classes we currently offer and how you could put a focus on Biogeography in your study program here:

Our classes at the Master’s level are typically offered in English. Classes at the Bachelor’s level can be offered in English, especially if exchange students are attending.

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Students learning principals of island biogeography using a colonization experiment