Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Biogeography

Bachelor's level classes

We are currently offering three classes at the Bachelor level.

Introduction to Biogeography

German: Modul Einführung in die Biogeographie
This module discusses the fundamentals of biogeography and their application to conservation questions. Topics addressed include distributions of species as well as ecological, evolutionary, and geological factors explaining them, island biogeography, concepts of biodiversity, taxonomy, global geographic patterns and gradients in biodiversity, and conservation biogeography. The course provides hands-on experience on quantitative biogeographic analyses such as species distribution models, species-area models, and macro-ecological analyses.

A more detailed description can be found here. The next edition of this class will be held in the winter term 2017/18

Conservation Biogeography

German: Modul Biogeographie und Naturschutz

This module seeks to convey the fundamentals of conservation biology, the scientific basis for conservation action. Topics addressed in this class include motivations for conservation nature, history of nature conservation, threats to biodiversity (e.g., habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, pollution or climate change), approaches for protecting nature, conservation planning. The practical part of the class is focused on allowing student to learn and apply tools for analyzing threats to species and communities and as well as conservation planning tools.

A more detailed description can be found here. The next edition of this class will be held in the summer term 2018

Field Methods in Biogeography

German: Modul Geländemethoden in der Biogeographie (Studienprojekt)

This module focusses on the importance of empirical field data for biogeography and conservation science and teaches basic principles for the design of field-based studies (e.g., research questions and hypothesis, sampling methods, sampling design, ethical considerations). the bulk of the module is based on gaining experience in a range of field methods for a range of taxa. The class includes a one-week field trip where students carry out their own field work and gather data for further analyses.

A more detailed description can be found here. Click here to see project results from our first field trip in the Polish Carpathians


Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you have questions about these classes. To see which classes are currently on offer and to enroll in all our classes please use the online tool AGNES. All classes will be held in English if visiting students (e.g., ERASMUS) are attending.

If you would like to put an emphasis on biogeography and conservation in your geography studies, we recommend the following study program: