M.INC.1003: Animal Conservation

(6 C / 4 SWS)

Learning outcome

In the lecture "Animal ecology" students will learn about advanced principles and theories of ecology and will be introduced current topics of ecological research. Focus in this lecture are e.g. models of populations, functional reactions, experimental analyses and modelling of interactions and food webs, macro-ecological correlations and theories.
The module part "Origins of Conservation Biology" addresses the development of Conservation Biology as scientific field. It shows how important findings from Animal Ecology and Biogeography have shaped our understanding of human impact on animal communities and populations..


  • Animal Ecology (Lecture)
  • Origins of Conservation Biology (Lecture)


  • Written examination (90 minutes) for each lecture
  • Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic principles and theories of ecology, population models, functional reactions, analyses and modelling of organismic interactions and food webs as well as macro-ecological correlations. Understanding of Animal Ecology and Biogeography as basis for the development of Conservation Biology, knowledge on results of major studies carried out at community and population level.

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: PD Dr. rer. nat. Matthias Waltert
  • Course frequency: Each winter semester
  • Duration: One semester
  • Number of repeat examinations permitted: Twice
  • Recommended Semester: 1st semester
  • Maximum number of students: 10