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Marine Ecology and Art - Field course


The field course will take place at the Scottish Association for Marine Research, Oban Scotland. Students will investigate both the marine environment and the culture and people of the coastal area. Central to the course, is the question of what roles do our imagination and creativity play in shaping a society that values life on earth and respects the limits of its planetary boundaries? We will visit the people and projects involved in marine science and coastal economies, exploring marine diversity and the ecology of different coastlines, stepping back into ecological history to gain a better understanding of the foundations and basic principles of modern ecology. We will also investigate how people are restoring the marine environment and deriving new economic opportunities from it. We will use scientific as well as artistic documentation methods and tools.



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Contact and apply to: Dr. Juanita Schläpfer


Monthly MondAI series will continue in the spring semester


A brownbag event series from lecturers for lecturers – Networking and best practices for AI-based tools in teaching and learning at D-USYS.


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Monthly MondAI #5: AI-based tools beyond writing : April 8, 2024, 12.00-13.30, ETH Zurich, CHN F42

This Monthly MondAI event will highlight the diversity of educational applications of AI-based tools. To help lecturers conceptualize their own teaching scenarios, we will showcase examples where AI-based tools were used for tasks beyond scientific writing, including coding, visualization, gamification, and more. Get some hands-on training on different educational examples with AI-based tools.

Monthly MondAI #6: Students' perspectives: May 6, 2024, 12.00-13.30, Location TBA

Students who have already collected valuable experiences while working with AI-based tools will offer their perspectives on how they incorporate AI-based tools in the learning process. The students will demonstrate a few typical use cases and discuss with participating lecturers some best practices for AI-based tools in and outside of the classroom.

contact: Dr. Réka Mihalka

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Science Highlights

  • The global distribution of plants used by humans

    Pironon et al., Science 383, 293-297 (2024)

    Finding mechanisms to preserve areas containing concentrations of utilized plants and traditional knowledge must become a priority for the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.
  • Effects of climate and environmental heterogeneity on angiosperm flora

    Qian et al., Nature Communications 15, 1097 (2024)

    Investigating global relationships between phylogenetic structure and environmental variables reveals how current and past climatic conditions shape species richness and structure across regions.
  • Biotic homogenization in arable soils across Europe

    Banerjee et al., Nature Communications 15, 327 (2024)

    Arable farming significantly reduces soil fungal diversity compared to grasslands, with rare fungal taxa disproportionately impacted, highlighting the importance of sustainable farming practices to protect ecosystem services.
  • Crop traits and production under drought

    Vadez et al., Nature Reviews 5, 211–225 (2024)

    Understanding physiological traits' role in moderate drought tolerance is essential for enhancing crop productivity and adapting to climate change, necessitating integration with crop genetics and modeling for effective varietal selection.
  • Transnational conservation to anticipate future plant shifts in Europe

    Chauvier-Mendes et al., Nature Ecology & Evolution 8, 454–466 (2024)

    Adjustments to the current reserve network are vital to meet EU biodiversity goals as simulations indicate significant shifts in conservation needs by 2080 due to climate-driven changes, highlighting the importance of transnational connections for effective protection.

Weiterführende Informationen

The PSC scientainment event series for young people anew in 2024, kicking off with the event on April 18th at the Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.