PhD Courses

Last changed: 22 June 2020

Upcoming courses organized or co-organized by FoSW.

Autumn 2020

Agricultural catchments in changing world

This course recognises the importance of agricultural catchments and their sensitivity to global change and provides a comprehensive synthesis of dominant processes shaping agricultural
landscapes: hydrological, biogeochemical, ecological, economic and societal. The course comprises theoretical lectures and practical assignments focused on environmental assessment and management, all adapted to maximise the potential of distant based learning.

Advanced Data Handling with R

  • Planning is ongoing.
  • Exact date to be announced soon, check here for updates (probably late September)
  • 1,5 ECTS
  • Objectives:
    1. Write reproducible code
    2. Confidently manipulate data and R-objects (never touch excel ever again)
    3. Check for and fix errors in data and code.
  • Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of the R language
  • Course type: This course will be given as a distance learning course, followed by an individual or small-group activity, and a workshop (online or in person).

Statistics in practice with R

A seminar series with topics related to use R for statistics.

  • 3 ECTS
  • Autumn 2020, check here for updates.
  • Planning is ongoing, contact Mohammad Bahram (mohammad.bahram@slu.se) for updates and more information.

Understanding and coding the R language

Planning is ongoing.

A PhD course and an opportunity to learn more about programming in R! Basic knowledge in the R programming language and tools for programming, processing data and analyses.

  • Also planned for May 2021.

Multivariate methods for ecologists

The course aims to illustrate the application of a number of multivariate methods on ecological data. Following the course, participants should be familiar with different multivariate techniques, and how they can be applied on various types of data. The course will focus on developing an understanding of the application of multivariate techniques, with only a minimum amount of effort placed on comprehending the underlying mathematical detail.

  •  The course is given in two parts. The first part (2-6 November 2020) is compulsory and consists of lectures and exercises.
  • The second part (9-20 November) is optional and consists of supervised work with own data, at your home university.
  • Due to the Corona pandemic, the 2020 course will be entirely on-line.
  • Course organizer: Ulf Grandin (ulf.grandin@slu.se), Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment.
  • 3 or 4.5 ECTS
  • Course code:For 3 ECTS PNS0190 and for 4.5 ECTS PNS0074.

More details at the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment.

 How to write and publish a scientific paper

  • Planned for autumn 2020.
  • 4.5 ECTS
  • Research school cooperation, responsible RS: Organism Biology
  • Please contact Mårten Lind for more information.
  • PNG0044

Spring 2021

Minerals in soils and sediments and their X-ray identification and quantification, 5hp

The course consists of lectures and exercises by Stephen Hillier from The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland. Steve is a highly qualified scientist in mineralogy in sediments and has held a guest professorship at our department at SLU. With his team at James Hutton he has won first (2008, 2018) and second (2006, 2012, 2014) place in The Reynolds Cup competition in quantitative mineralogy.

Ecosystem functioning: From theory to application

The concept of "ecosystem functioning" has over the last two decades stimulated research focussed on what ecosystems do, as opposed to what they are composed of, and is increasingly important in policy and management because of its strong linkages with ecosystem services. Focussing on ecosystem functioning in inland waters (lakes and streams) and terrestrial ecosystems (soils, riparian habitats, agricultural and forest landscapes), this course will cover basic definitions, the relationship between ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services, and several currently topical themes in ecosystem functioning research. These include the roles of functional traits and calculation of functional diversity (including practical exercises in R), multifunctionality, and an overview of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research.

Throughout, a range of practical methods for quantifying ecosystem functioning will be covered, as will the application of these methods in research, biomonitoring and environmental assessment.

Soil systems: PNS0075 Analytical methods for integrating the chemical, biophysical interface in soils

  • Planned for February 2021.
  • Please contact coordinator Katharina Meurer (katharina.meurer@slu.se) for more information.

Aquatic sciences: theory, practical methods, management, threats

Organic micropollutants in the aquatic environment

Fundamental mathematics for environmental scientists

  • More information to be annonced.

Food webs

  • More information to be annonced.

How to write scientific papers

  • More information to be annonced.

Understanding and coding the R programming language

  • More information to be annonced.

Autumn 2021

  • Multivariate statistics
  • Food webs

Previous PhD Courses

2020

Understanding and coding the R language, 2hp

A PhD course and an opportunity to learn more about programming in R! Basic knowledge in the R programming language and tools for programming, processing data and analyses.

To communicate science, 2 hp

How to plan and perform an effective communication using different methods and channels. Research school cooperation. Please contact course coordinator Elisabeth Müllner for more information.

PNS0070 Reviewing and Summarizing Science - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Science* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), 2hp 

Overall the objectives of the course is to help the students to navigate scientific publications, and to understand the process of scientific communication.

The objectives of this course are:

  1. to learn how to find and to evaluate scientific key publications
  2. to understand the purpose of the peer review system and to learn writing a constructive scientific review
  3. to be able to summarize the key findings of a paper in 1-2 sentences
  4. to understand the value of conferences.

More info

2019

Multivariate methods for ecologists, 4,5 hp. October 2019. More information is available here.

Watershed Ecology and Biogeochemistry. A PhD course in the Krycklan catchment September 19-25, 2019. 'Watershed Ecology and Biogeochemistry' addresses the foundational concepts and modern challenges within the broad field of watershed science. More information here.

PNG0079 Mini-course: UN Sustainable Development goals: relevance, achievements, conflicts and politics. Workshop 8th of February 2019, Uppsala, and optional ‘mini-course’, 1 ECTS.Syllabus. Find detailed information about the workshop 8th of February here

PNS0169 Traditional and molecular methods to assess biodiversity. Focus on DNA (meta)barcoding & Aquatic Organisms, 7hp.Detailed schedule is available here (pdf). Course page with syllabus.

PNS0171. Nitrogen cycling in terrestrial ecosystems, 4hp. 25-29th of March 2019

Understanding and coding the R programming language, 2 hp. April 1-5 (Mon-Fri) 2019. Course flyer. Course plan.

2018

PNG0044 How to write and publish a scientific paper, 4.5 HEC

Ecological stability in times of rapid environmental change (3 credits). 15 – 19 October, 2018

Multivariate Methods for Ecologists (3 + 1.5 ECTS), 12 – 16 Feb 2018,  Optional 19 Feb – 2 March

Understanding & Coding the R Programming Language (2 ECTS), April 23 - 27th 2018, Course flyer & Course plan

Organic micropollutants in the aquatic environment – measurements and transport processes (5 ECTS), April 11 - May 16 2018, Course web page & More information about the course

2017

Reviewing and Summarizing Science: A guide on how to navigate through and ocean of paper (2ECTS), 15 to 18 May 2017

Phosphorus cycling in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems (3 ECTS), 12 to 16 June 2017

Watershed Ecology and Biogeochemistry (7.5 ECTS), September 14 - 20 2017

2016

How to write and publish a scientific paper (4.5 HEC), 18 Aug 2016 - 26 Jan 2017

Soil systems: Analytical methods for integrating the chemical, biophysical interface in soils (3 ECTS), 5 Oct 2016 - 30 Nov 2016

Minerals in soils and sediments and their X-ray identification and quantification, 5.0 credits, 2016-04-11

Multivariate methods for ecologists 3 (+1.5 optional) ECTS, 2016-02-29

2015

Organic micropollutants in the aquatic environment – measurements and transport processes 5 hp, 2015-04-13

Systems Analysis, Model Building and Simulation 6.0 (+1.5) ECTS, 2015-09-14

Carbon cycling: from molecular to global processes, 3 (+1.5 Optional) ECTS, 2015-09-30

Ecological stability vs resilience: straightening up concepts and making them useful for management 3.0 ECTS, 2015-10-26

2014

Linear mixed models and experimental design with applications to agricultural field experiments 3 ECTS, 2014-01-27

Ecosystem Functioning: From Theory to Application Post graduate course, Biology and Environmental Assessment 3 ECTS, 2014-11-17

X-ray image processing and analyses 3.0 credits, 18 - 21 November 2014.

2013

How to write and publish a scientific paper 3 ECT, 3 September - 12 November, 2013

Statistics in Practice, 2013-09-06

Research communication with the media: training and skills acquisition 2 HEC, 2013-10-01

Biogeochemical cycles at different scales 3 HEC, 2013-10-21

2012

Research communication with the media: training and skills acquisition 1.5 HEC, 2012-03-06

Biogeochemical cycles at different scales 3 ECTS, 2012-03-12

The role of DOC and DON in plant-soil C and N cycling 5.0 HEC, 2012-03-20

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Natural Scientist 3 HEC, oct-nov 2012

2011

Soil systems: Integrating the chemical & biophysical interface in soils, 2011-03-02

Ecosystem services in soil and water research 3-4 ECTS, May-June 2011

2010

An introduction to R and MS Access (1.5 ECTS), February 2010

Constraints on decomposition, March 2010

PhD-course 'Soil Organic Matter Modeling'

2009

PhD-course "Climate impacts on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems"

PhD-course "Legumes: Plant - soil interactions and agricultural applications"

Biogeochemical cycles at different scales, april 2009

2008

Soil and Water Chemistry Modelling 5 (+2 optional) ECTS, May 2008

PhD-course ''Modelling of chemical and hydrological processes using PHREEQC''

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