We are organizing  international summer schools, workshops and field courses. Find a list of the most recent courses below:

Human-wildlife conflicts

Course on human-wildlife conflicts (Freie Universität Berlin, summer 2017): Checking out some wolf tracks and some scat in southern Brandenburg with course members and the local guide Stefan Kaasch

Scientific symposium and workshop on light pollution and bats

23.11.2016: During this one-day public event, we reviewed the current understanding of how artifiicial light affects bats. Bats are legally protected in the E.U., yet they are highly susceptible towards artificial light because of their nocturnal lifestyle. During the symposium, some of the key experts in the E.U. summarized their findings, particularly in relation to management recommendations. The one-day event was followed by a 2-day workshop which was restricted to EUROBATS intersessional working group members.

2nd International Summer School on Stable Isotopes in Animal Ecology

When: 12-16. September 2016

Where: Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin (IZW), Germany

 

 Content:

-> Stable nitrogen and carbon isotope ratios as markers for animal diets and trophic positions
-> Analyses of stable hydrogen isotope ratios for the study of animal migration (includes application of isoscape origin models)
-> Use of labeled compounds in eco-physiological studies
-> Use of multiple isotopes in the study of food webs and trophic interactions
-> Use of stable isotope approaches in paleo climate reconstructions
Students will be involved in all aspects of sample preparation and analysis as well as data interpretation. Used instruments include conventional gas mass spectrometers (Thermo) and laser spectroscopes (LGS, Picarro)

 

External Lecturers: 

Prof. Dr. Keith Hobson (University of Western Ontario, Canada)

Prof. Dr. Roland Werner (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Dr. Len Wassenaar (IAEA, Vienna, Austria)

Dr. David Soto (University of Saskatoon, Canada)

Prof. Dr. Stuart Bearhop (University of Exeter, U.K.)

Prof. Dr. Jon Grey (Lancaster University, U.K.)

Dr. Martina Burnik-Sturm (University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria)

 

Cesie lecturers:

PD Dr. Christian Voigt (IZW)

PD Dr. Ulrich Struck (Museum of Natural History, Berlin)

Dr. Stephanie Kramer-Schadt (IZW)

Dr. Alexandre Courtiol (IZW)

Course on human-wildlife conflicts

Course on human-wildlife conflicts (Freie Universität Berlin; Summer 2016): Excursion to the Dessau area to visit some of the conflict sites of the expanding beaver populations.

1st International Summer School on Stable Isotopes in Animal Ecology

 

This summer school took place between 15-19th of September 2014 at the IZW and MfN in Berlin, Germany. The basic concept was to teach graduate or undergraduate students techniques related to the analysis and interpretation of stableisotope ratios in the study of animal ecology.
 
Content:
-> Stable nitrogen and carbon isotope ratios as markers for animal diets and trophic positions
-> Analyses of stable hydrogen isotope ratios for the study of animal migration (includes application of isoscape origin models)
-> Use of labeled compounds in eco-physiological studies
-> Use of multiple isotopes in the study of food webs and trophic interactions
-> Use of stable isotope approaches in paleo climate reconstructions
Students will be involved in all aspects of sample preparation and analysis as well as data interpretation. Used instruments include conventional gas mass spectrometers (Thermo) and laser spectroscopes (LGS, Picarro)
 
Instructors and lecturers:
Christian Voigt (IZW): Ecophysiology of mammals
Ulrich Struck (Natural History Museum Berlin): SIA  in paleo environments
Zachary Kayler (ZALF): stable isotopes in plants 
Petra Quillfeldt (University of Gießen): Stable isotopes in seadbird ecology
Len Wassenaar (IAEA): stable isotopes in hydrology
Stephanie Kramer-Schadt (IZW): Modelling and statistical approaches
Alexandre Courtiol (IZW): Modelling and statistical approaches
Keith Hobson (U of Saskatchewan): Stable isotopes in migration ecology 
David Lehmann (IZW): Mixing models 
 
The next course will be held in summer 2016.
 

International field course on tropical bats (2.-11.8.2011)

La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica

23 student participants from United Kingdom, Costa Rica and Germany

Lecturers: PD Dr. Christian Voigt (IZW), Dr. Marc Holderied (U Bristol), Prof Dr. Constance Scharff (Freie Universität Berlin), Dr. Beth Clare (U Bristol), Prof. Dr. Arturo Zychlinsky (MPI for Infection Biology), Dr. Gabor Czirjak (IZW), Dr. Bernal Rodriguez (UCR), Dr. Gloriana Chaverri (Boston U)

International field course on desert-dwelling bats (1.-12.8.2011)

Sde Boqer Campus of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

22 student participants from United Kingdom, Israel and Germany

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Berry Pinshow (Ben-Gurion U), Dr. Carmi Korine (Ben-Gurion U), Dr. Marc Holderied (U Bristol), PD Dr. Christian Voigt (IZW)

International field course on desert-dwelling bats (2009)

Sde Boqer Campus of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

21 student participants from United Kingdom, Israel and Germany

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Berry Pinshow (Ben-Gurion U), Dr. Carmi Korine (Ben-Gurion U), Dr. Marc Holderied (U Bristol), PD Dr. Christian Voigt (IZW)

International field course on desert-dwelling bats (2008)

Sde Boqer Campus of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

20 student participants from United Kingdom, Israel and Germany

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Berry Pinshow (Ben-Gurion U), Dr. Carmi Korine (Ben-Gurion U), Dr. Marc Holderied (U Bristol), PD Dr. Christian Voigt (IZW)

Field course on tropical ecology (Humboldt University Berlin) in 2006

at Tiputini Biodiversity Station in Ecuador

Field course on tropical ecology (Humboldt University Berlin) in 2004

at La Selva Biological Station