PFS0145 Stable Isotope Techniques in Ecology and Hydrology, 3.0 Credits
Subjects Chemistry Soil Science
No Level Indicated
Pass / Failed
The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.
Admission to a Ph.D. program, basic knowledge of chemistry, ability to use excel spreadsheets, and experience or interest in ecological or hydrological research, from ecophysiology to community ecology to catchment biogeochemistry
To provide an opportunity to learn basic stable isotope techniques and to see some of their ecological applications in a fun, supportive atmosphere.
Application of stable isotope techniques, including use of natural abundance and labeling, in ecology and hydrology. Focus is on carbon, water, and nitrogen, including sources of variation and quantitative assessments of fractionation. Key applications include photosynthetic pathways, water-use efficiency, water source partitioning by plants, diet and water-source analysis in animals, hydrologic processes, and soil physical and biochemical processes.
Formats and requirements for examination
Student performance will be assessed based on exercises, participation, and a research proposal
We will request samples of, e.g., hair and breath, to be sent at least eight weeks before the meeting in Umeå. These will be analyzed and the results provided to you when you arrive. Details have yet to be worked out.
15 April 2018: Course reading materials and exercises distributed
14 - 18 May, 2018: course meeting in Umeå, 0900-1600 each day.
1 June, 2018: Student proposals submitted.
Department of Forest Ecology and Management