Recurrent PhD courses

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Mandatory courses

Introductory course for new PhD students, 1 hp
This course gives you an introduction to life as a PhD student at EMG. What is expected from a PhD student (demands, privileges, opportunities); practical information concerning the research education (steps in the PhD education, contract, follow-up committees, reporting of taken credit points etc.); short introduction to academic career steps; information about the structural organization and the major research fields at EMG. Also included are reflective discussions on being a young scientist, good scientific practice, and teaching undergraduates. This course must be taken within the first year after admittance to the PhD program.
Course organizer is Anki Bergström

Introductory essay, 9 hp

Writing an introductory essay is a good way of obtaining an overview of your research area. This 9 hp are divided between 3 hp literature and 6 hp essay writing. Discuss with your supervisor the content of your essay and how it should be composed. Gather and read the relevant literature and summarize and synthesize it in the form of an overview or review paper. Normally, several PhD students will work in parallel on their introductory essays and meet regularly together and with the course organizer to report progress and discuss difficulties. You are expected to review and comment on essay drafts of your peers and will receive feedback from them on your drafts. This course must be taken within the first year after admittance to the PhD program. Course organizer is Ann-Kristin Bergström.

PhD student seminar, 8 hp

The purpose of this course is to foster a culture of scientific discourse and discussion. In this seminar series all of EMG’s PhD students gather regularly to present and discuss their research or research-related topics in a relaxed and informal environment. Each student must give one presentation per year (i.e. 4 presentations in total, including her/his half time seminar) over the course of her/his PhD education. Attendance at a minimum of 80 seminars (including other PhD students’ half time seminars) in total throughout the PhD education is required. If there are exceptional reasons preventing a PhD student from attending a sufficient number of PhD student seminars (which needs to be approved by the course examiner), the following seminar series can be included in the attendance count: EMG Seminar series, CIRC and UMF seminars, KBC seminar series, IceLab seminar series, UPSC seminar series, Biogeochemistry seminar series and SLU seminar series. Please note that the following presentations are not approved; symposiums, thesis defenses, and workshops. Exceptions can be approved by the course examiner.

It is the responsibility of each student to keep a record of her/his seminar attendance (stating for each seminar the date, time, place, presenter’s name, and the seminar series). The list of 4 own presentations and at least 80 attended seminars should be reported to the course examiner towards the end of the PhD studies once the full requirements have been completely fulfilled (see an example of a seminar report)

Course examinator is Sebastian Diehl and course organizer is Carsten Meyer-Jacob.

Literature courses

The compulsory part of literature courses in Ecology, Environmental Science and Physical Geography comprises 15 hp, of which 3 hp are covered by the introductory essay. A ‘standard’ literature course gives 3 hp and is usually centered on a single book, but may include additional reading, a second book or a collection of papers and chapters from different books. You may suggest a different title if a suitable examiner can be found.

It is possible to earn additional credits beyond the compulsory 15 hp by taking additional books from the list below or from outside the list after discussions with the supervisor. Each extra book gives 3 hp. Additional credits can also be earned through active and regular participation in a reading and discussion group of journal articles (‘journal club’). The credits given for a particular journal club will be determined by the examiner and the studierektor.

Examination can be a written test or seminar discussions and it is organized by the examiner. When possible the books/articles are discussed in group meetings and an active participation is required.

Ecology

Evolutionary ecology and genetics
Barton, N.H., Briggs, D.E.G., Eisen, J.A., Goldstein, D.B., Patel, N.H. Evolution. 2007. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, NY. Barbara Giles

Coyne, J.A. and Orr, H.A. 2004. Speciation. Sinauer Associates Inc., 545 pp. Barbara Giles

Hedrick, P.W. 2011. Genetics of Populations. 4th ed. Jones and Bartlett Publishers. 674 pp. Barbara Giles

Falconer, D.S. & Mackay, T.F.C. 1996. Introduction to Quantitative Genetics. Fourth edition. Addison Wesley Longman. Barbara Giles

Population, community and ecosystem ecology
Selected readings in Population and community ecology (a collection of book chapters and papers covering core concepts). Sebastian Diehl

Citation classics in terrestrial ecology (a collection of influential papers in the field). Ellen Dorrepaal

Sterner. R.W. & J.J. Elser. 2002. Ecological stoichiometry. Princeton University Press. 439 pp. Mehdi Cherif & Anki Bergström

Andersen, T. 1997. Pelagic Nutrient Cycles: Herbivores as Sources and Sinks. Ecological Studies, Vol. 129. Springer-Verlag Berlin. Mehdi Cherif

Biogeography and macroecology
Lomolino, M. V., B. R. Riddle & J. H. Brown. 2006. Biogeography. 3rd ed. Sinauer. 752 pp. Roland Jansson

Hendry, A.P. Eco-evolutionary dynamics. Princeton University Press. 416 pp. Göran Englund.

Landscape ecology
Turner, M., Gardner, R. & O'Niell, R. 2001. Landscape ecology in theory and practice: pattern and process. Springer-Verlag. 401 pp. Per-Anders Essen

Wu, J. & Hobbs, R. J. (Eds.). 2007. Key Topics in Landscape Ecology. Cambridge University Press. 297 pp. Per-Anders Essen

Global ecology and ecosystem management
Chapin, F.S., G.P. Kofinas & C. Folke (Eds.). 2009. Principles of Ecosystem Stewardship. Springer. 402 pp. Jon Moen

Microbial ecology
Kirchman, D.L. Microbial ecology of the Oceans. 2008. 2nd ed. Wiley-Blackwell. 593 pp. Johan Wikner, Agneta Andersson

Molecular Ecology
Freeland, J.R. 2005. Molecular Ecology. Wiley. 388 pp. Xiao-Ru Wang

Avise, J.C. 2004. Molecular Markers, Natural History, and Evolution. 2nd ed. Sinauer. 541 pp. Xiao-Ru Wang

Molecular evolution/Phylogenetics/Bioinformatics
Higgs, P.G. & Attwood, T.K. 2005. Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution. Blackwell. Xiao-Ru Wang

Bromham, L. 2008. Reading the Story in DNA: A Beginner's Guide to Molecular Evolution. Oxford University Press. 368 pp. Xiao-Ru Wang

Environmental Science

Environmental Science
Chiras, D. D. 2006. Environmental science, 7th ed. Jones and Bartlett Publishers. 642 pp. Christian Bigler, Richard Bindler

Schlesinger, W.H. and E.H. Bernhardt. 2013. Biogeochemistry: an analysis of global change (3rd Edition). Academic press. 564 pp. Ryan Sponseller

Biogeochemistry
White, W.M. 2009. Geochemistry. On-line textbook via Cornell University. Richard Bindler

Kalff, J. 2002. Limnology: inland water ecosystems. Prentice Hall. 592 pp. Anki Bergström, Jan Karlsson, Christian Bigler

Advanced methods in environmental analysis
Selected books that focuses on advanced analytical methods. These methods can be oriented, for example, towards advanced analytical methods within chemistry, ecology, modelling, soil science, statistics or environmental management (e.g., policy, legislation). Examples include:

Schaetzl, R. & S. Andersons. 2005. Soils: genesis and geomorphology. Cambridge university press. 817 pp. Jonathan Klaminder

Physical Geography

Aquatic biogeochemistry/ecology
del Giorgio, P.A. & P. le B Williams. 2005. Respiration in aquatic ecosystems. Oxford university press. 315 pp. Jan Karlsson & Anki Bergström

Hessen, D. O. & L.T. Tranvik. 1998. Aquatic humic substances: ecology and biogeochemistry. Springer. 346 pp. Jan Karlsson & Anki Bergström

Kalff, J. 2002. Limnology: inland water ecosystems. Prentice Hall. 592 pp. Anki Bergström, Jan Karlsson & Christian Bigler

J.D. Allan.  2010. Stream Ecology: Structure and Function of Running Waters, 2nd Edition. Ryan Sponseller

Soil biogeochemistry/geochemistry
Schaetzl, R. & S. Andersons. 2005. Soils: genesis and geomorphology. Cambridge university press. 817 pp. Jonathan Klaminder

Citation classics in biogeochemistry (a collection of influential papers in the field). Jan Karlsson

Environmental change
Schlesinger, W.H. and E.H. Bernhardt. 2013. Biogeochemistry: an analysis of global change (3rd Edition). Academic press. 564 pp. Ryan Sponseller

J.J. Cole. 2013. Freshwater ecosystems and the carbon cycle. 125pp. And complementing papers. Jan Karlsson

Other courses

Pedagogy - UPC

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (UPC) offers an array of courses, e.g., Introduction to university teaching, Teaching and learning in a second language, Examination and evaluation, Presentation techniques. A maximum of 10 hp in pedagogy can be counted into the total of 60 hp for PhD student courses.

Counting credits

Conference
Own presentation 1.5 hp

Other courses

For other courses credits are estimated after agreement with the supervisor.


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