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MarBEF training course in tidal flat ecology: Field experiments as a tool for marine research

Location: AWI, Wadden Sea Station Sylt (Germany)
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2007-09-08    
End Date: 2007-09-14

Event Description:
Intertidal habitats offer an ideal testing ground for ecological hypotheses. Experimental work is indispensable for benthic research to reveal the cause of pattern. Due to conspicuous spatial and temporal variation benthic environments provide ample coordinate space to investigate the interplay of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. During emersion they are easily accessible and allow the establishment of elaborate experimental set-ups. On the other hand, harsh environmental constraints, such as wave action and tidal currents complicate experimental research in the intertidal and may entail experimental artifacts. The course aims to discuss the advances, potentials, and restrictions of experimental benthic research.
We start with an introduction to the history of experimental benthic research and theory. The background will be broadened by a side-glance to terrestrial experimental research.We will treat statistical aspects of experimental set-ups such as randomization, replication, and blocking and introduce students to the potential of multifactorial approaches. We will provide an overview on common univariate and multivariate statistical analysis. Ongoing field experiments on tidal falts around the island of Sylt will be used for hands-on experience. Students will map out sampling strategies, analyse data and present their results. The course also allocates time for discussions on own problems and ideas presented by students. The course will combine lectures and practice in a unique seashore environment.

Tentative audience of the training course
The training course is addressed to PhD students of marine environmental sciences. The course will also be integrated in Ecolmas (European Graduate College in Marine Science, a joint graduate school for marine sciences). Up to 16 students admitted.

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Event programme:
Please find the programme on training information (PDF).

Collaborators and organisers:
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
Wadden Sea Station Sylt
Hafenstrasse 43
25992 List

Contact address:
Prof. Dr. Karsten Reise
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
Wadden Sea Station Sylt
Hafenstraße 43
D-25992 List/Sylt
Telephone: (+49) (0)4651-956-110
Fax: (+49) (0)4651-956-200

Dr. Jaap van der Meer
Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research(NIOZ)P.O. Box 59,
NL-1790 AB Den Burg (Texel)
The Netherlands
Phone (reception): (+31) (0)222-369300
Fax: (+31) (0)222-319674

Organization of the training course
Karsten Reise
Jaap van der Meer
Nils Volkenborn

Consortia involved
NEBROC (Netherlands Bremen Oceanography Cooperation)
ECOLMAS (European Graduate College in Marine Science)
MARBEF (EU Network of Excellence: Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning)

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Registration form: 

Registration fee: 

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: Yes

Event within Framework of MARBEF: WP7 - Training courses

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by wardappeltans on 2007-04-23 and approved by webmaster