Seminar series for PhD students in Animal Ecology

Schedule 2019-2020

The six seminars run annually according to the schedule below. Each is worth 2 credits and you can take them in any order you like. The seminars are based on the book “Foundations of Ecology”, which is a collection of classical papers with commentaries. The book itself can be borrowed from Niklas Janz, but if you want to check out the contents in advance, you can have a look at the TOC here.




Application deadline


Fall semester


Part 1 (Foundational papers) Sep 26 Sep 5 Niklas, Sören
Part 5 (Case Studies in Natural Systems) Nov 7 Oct 17 Bengt, Cilla
Part 3 (Theses, Antitheses and Syntheses) Nov 21 Oct 31 Karin, Niklas, Rhonda

Spring semester


Part 4 (Methodological Advances) Jan 24 Jan 3 Cilla, Sören
Part 6 (Experimental Manipulations in Lab and Field Systems) Feb 27 Feb 6 Karl, Rhonda
Part 2 (Theoretical Advances) Apr 3 Mar 13 Bengt, Karin, Karl

Unless otherwise stated, seminars will normally take place at 13:00

Instructions and how to apply

The teachers will choose 3-4 chapters in each part that will be discussed in the seminar. Apply to the seminar by notifying one of the teachers before the deadline above. They will assign one of the chapters to you. In order to pass the course, you then need to:

  1. Read all designated chapters, and search for one contemporary article (<10 years old) that you think relates to your assigned chapter

  2. At the latest one week before the seminar you need to:
    a. send your chosen article to the teachers
    b. write a short comment on all designated chapters

  3. In the seminar, introduce your chapter and the article you have chosen and be prepared to discuss them with the other participants

  4. Finally, you should hand in a short written assignment where you comment on the following:
    -What is your classical chapter about?
    -Why do you think this is considered a classical paper?
    -Motivate your choice of contemporary paper and explain how it relates to the chapter(s) in the book. What would you say is the main advancement compared to the classical paper?