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Environmental Processes and Biodiversity (EBC)


Co-ordinator: Martina G.Vijver; email


The focus in this course is on chains of causes and consequences in a (semi-) natural environment. Human activities and economical sectors causing the environmental problems and societal reaction on these problems, will get only brief attention.
The course is structured around the four main environmental themes: climate change, soil and water processes and biotic processes. Within the themes attention is paid to many processes and mechanisms such as acidification, eutrophication, hydrological change, pollution and ecotoxicology, exotic species, human disturbance and habitat fragmentation. Main focus in all topics is the impact of the processes on biodiversity.

Methods of instruction:

Lectures, excursions, assignments, and presentations.

Study material:

Reader and lecture hand outs

Admission requirements:



In the mornings, the environmental themes and related topics are discussed based on presentations by internal and external experts and selected literature.
A number of excursions is part of the program. The excursions take the whole day.
The afternoons are preserved for assignments, mainly writing a short paper, preparing for exams, or preparing a symposium.


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Course objective:

The objective of the Course on Environmental Processes is to make the student acquainted with the physical, chemical and biological processes that play and important role in current environmental problems.


Costs: to be decided