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General information on studying biology at LMU can be found on the websites of the Faculty of Biology.

Detailed information on the courses offered by the faculty of systematic botany and mycology can be found below. To sign up for a course, please use the LSF or email the course supervisor directly.

Summer term 2020:

ModuleCourseLecturer
module (VL/P)
6ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
P6: Diversity of native plants
The lecture covers the diversity and morphology of native plants, mostly flowering plants. The practical course is based on numerous fresh specimens for physical examination. Species are determined using contemporary literature.
Facher, Gottschling, Wanke, Werth
module (VL/S/P)
3+3+3ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Morphology, diversity and evolution of seed plants
The lecture builds on the Bachelor's level and covers the morphological diversity and distribution of seed plants based on (also molecular) phylogenetic analyses published in the past years. The seminar covers current topics related to the lecture, and students will prepare an oral (PowerPoint) presentation (30 min) based on own literature search. Afterwards, the talk is discussed regarding to scientific content (30 min) and methodological approach (30 min). The practical course is based on physical specimens (fresh material from the Botanical Garden as well as pickled material). The lecture is prerequisite for the practical course.
Gottschling
Ex
6ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Ecology of the oligotrophic Mediterranean Sea and its surrounding habitats
The Mediterranean Sea is an oligatrophic ocean and its surrounding habitats form unique landscapes that are characterized by a high diversity of plant species. The excursion provides the framework to study vegetation units from above and below sea level. One objective is to get hands on experience to most Mediterranean habitats (with the exception of deserts). You will learn how to capture and document vegetation units and to extract meaningful information. In addition, You will also learn how plant structures and vegetation units link in with the distribution of animals.
ca. 12 days of field excursion to the Mediterranean Sea.
PLEASE NOTE: The accompanying seminar is required for the successful participation to this field excursion.
Wanke
S
3ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Ecology of the oligotrophic Mediterranean Sea and its surrounding habitats
The Mediterranean Sea forms a unique landscape that is characterized by a similarly unique climate. Interestingly, a Mediterranean climate can be found also in California, Australia, Chile, and South Africa. Especially, the occurrence of Olive trees is used to delimitate the region of the Mediterranean. The objective of the seminar is to provide an insight into this highly productive region with its peaking diversity in plant life.
ca. 40 min presentation + handout, selected topics: "Geology of the Mediterranean", "The water regimes of the Mediterranean Sea", "Agriculture in the Mediterranean", "On the origin of spices: Garrigue and Macchia", "Fire", "Algae", “Dune - Not the Planet!”, “Cliffs and Rocks”, “More to sand than only beaches?”
Wanke

 

At any time:

ModuleCourseLecturer
S
1ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Current topics in systematic biology
The seminar presents talks about current topics in systematic biology, predominantly systematic botany.
Facher, Gottschling, Renner, Wanke, Werth
P/S
3 ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Diversity of lichens
The seminar covers important groups of lichenized fungi. The knowledge gained during the seminar part of the course is further intensified by microscoping and identifying specimens belonging to the particular groups.
Werth
Ex/S
6 or 9 ECTS
Botany excursions to different parts of the world
Students are introduced to the typical flora of different regions of the world (2018: Iceland, 2019: Montenegro). A preparatory seminar covers various aspects of the area visited. Further information in LSF.
Werth
S
1ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher

AG Phylogenetic phycology:
Seminar for bachelor, master and doctoral students
The lab group provides a forum for discussion internally of the working group.

Gottschling
S
1ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
AG Phylogenetic analysis of protein domains: Seminar for bachelor, master and doctoral students
The lab group provides a forum for discussion internally of the working group.
Wanke
P
6, 9 or 12ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Research course: Biology of dinophytes
Students are embedded in current research of unicellular algae. Methodologically, the work includes taxonomy and nomenclature, isolating and cultivating of protists, light and electron microscopy and/or molecular phylogenetics. The lab report can be a part of a future publication.
Gottschling
P
6, 9 or 12ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Research course: Taxonomy and morphology of selected flowering plants
Students are embedded in current research of flowering plants. Methodologically, the work includes taxonomy and nomenclature, herbarium study, biogeography (georeferencing), light and electron microscopy and/or molecular phylogenetics. The lab report can be a part of a future publication.
Gottschling
P
6, 9 or 12ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Research course: Molecular evolution of flower development
Students participate in the current research on the evolution of proteins, which are involved in the formation of the floral organs.
Methodologically, the work includes working with primary sequence databases, the identification and isolation of respective sequences from plant tissue and the integration of new information into existing phylogenetic trees. It is anticipated that the lab work can be included as a part of a future publication.
Wanke
P
6, 9 or 12ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Research course: Plant GAGA-factor evolution and phylogeny
Students participate in the current research on the evolution and maintenance of function in plant GAGA-factors. Methodologically, the work includes primary sequence analyses, the identification and isolation of respective sequences from plant tissue and the integration of new information into existing phylogenetic trees. It is anticipated that the lab work can be included as a part of a future publication.
Wanke
P
6–12 ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Research course: Genetic diversity of lichens
Students are integrated in current research on the genetic diversity of lichenized fungi or their photobionts, and learn basic population genetic analyses.
Werth
P
6–12 ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Research course: Species diversity of lichens
Students investigate the species diversity in relation to diverse environmental factors. Species are identified with classical microscopic and chromatographic methods. Data are analyzed with statistics, including ordination and mixed linear models.
Werth
P
6–12 ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Research course: Bioinformatic analysis of next generation sequencing
Students learn how to analyze data from high throughput DNA sequencing platforms with different bioinformatics tools.
Werth, Chavarria-Pizarro