M.FES.124: Modern concepts and methods in macroecology and biogeography

Learning outcome

The course will introduce students to the principles and modern methods in macroecology and biogeography. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the physical and biological processes influencing species distributions and diversity patterns worldwide. Additionally, students will be introduced to modern environmental and biodiversity modelling methods in R, which are important for analyzing and understanding the consequences of global change on species distributions. In selfdirected projects, students will work with real data to solve modern macroecological problems. Through these theoretical and practical classes, students will gain a profound understanding of modern macroecological and biogeographical concepts, including threats to biodiversity and conservation prioritization.


  • Macroecology and Biogeography (Lecture, Exercise) (Lecture, Seminar, 4 WLH)
  • Exercise: Computer course (3 WHL) and Lectures (1 WHL)


  • Term Paper (max. 20 pages)
  • Students can apply knowledge about modern concepts and methods in macroecology and biogeography. They demonstrate knowledge on how to plan, conduct and report on a macroecological analysis using modern computer software.

Further details

  • Work load: 180 h (56/124 h, attendance / self-study)
  • Admission requirements: None
  • Recommended previous knowledge: None
  • Language: English
  • Person responsible for module: Prof. Dr. Holger Kreft
  • Course frequency: Each summer semester
  • Duration: One semester
  • Number of repeat examinations permitted: Twice
  • Recommended Semester: 3rd semester
  • Maximum number of students: 20