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This graduate course is offered by the University of Basel and the Zürich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC) for advanced biology students with basic plant science training. The course covers microclimatology, ecophysiology, biodiversity, reproductive biology, soil science, vegetation and ecosystem ecology. The course will include lectures, field excursions and project work. Participation is limited to 24 students.

The next course will take place from 16 to 22 July 2023 – Alpine Plant Ecology – International Summer School

Jointly organized the University of Basel and ALPFOR
Course Objectives: This field course for PhD and Master students offers an introduction to the functional ecology of alpine plants. It will cover bioclimatology, soil ecology, ecophysiology, functional morphology, population biology, reproduction biology, community ecology and biodiversity. The station is surrounded by a great variety of typical alpine vegetation, including glacier forfields.

Course Program: The course will combine lectures and field work, with the schedule adjusted to weather conditions for outdoor activities. Participants will also work on small supervised projects, the results of which will be presented and discussed in a final poster session (both field and laboratory works).