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EBC Trends in Biodiversity in Time and Space


Admission requirements

BSc-course Biodiversity, theory and practice of systematics


Advanced topics in systematics and biodiversity studies will be introduced and practiced:

  • Advanced phylogenetics: application of state of the art computeralgorithms.

  • Homology assessment: the reconstruction of character evolution and the role of evo-devo analyses of specific structures.

  • Biodiversity information systems: the building of data bases and the possibilities of data mining, e.g. for spatial pattern analyses.

  • The development of phylogenomics as an approach in Systems biology, incl. multidisciplinary approaches to understanding adaptive and non-adaptive radiations

  • Advanced spatial pattern analyses and historical biogeography: integrative approaches to map and analyze present distributions, reconstruct past distributions, and model possible future distributions; this includes advanced Island Biogeography in relation to conservation aspects, Paleobiogeography and –ecology.

Learning goals

Course objectives:
To provide a theoretical basis for the research applications showcased in “Wealth of the World”; good understanding of concepts of time and space; of collection data, data basing and data mining; of the practice of phylogeny reconstruction; of biogeographic methods and practice; of the integration of paleo/actual data.

Final qualifications:
Theoretical understanding and hands on experience with current phylogeny reconstruction algorithms, GIS, species distribution modeling, phylogeographical methods, dating techniques, etc.


Details will be provided in due time; in general: 1 week phylogeny, 1 week biogeography, 1 week speciation, 1 week geological time, all with focus on advanced methods and concepts.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, exercises, literature study, demonstrations.

Assessment method

Written reports, oral presentation.


All information of lectures and papers will be available on Blackboard.

Reading list

Recent literature.


via USIS

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for more information on how to apply.

Contact information

Marco Roos: email