Over deze cursus

In their struggle for survival, organisms have to adapt continuously to changes in their abiotic and biotic environment. This course focuses on the molecular mechanisms and consequences of these adaptations for individual organisms and interactions among organisms. Attention will be paid to various (a)biotic factors including temperature, drought, feeding conditions, photoperiodicity, intraspecific competition, symbiosis and parasitism. Common mechanisms and key concepts across kingdoms underlying adaptation and plasticity will be analysed in depth. Examples will be shown how environmental conditions affect signal transduction pathways leading to adaptive changes in ecology, behaviour and phenology.


After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • explain adaptation mechanisms of organisms in response to biotic and abiotic stress factors, and how these affect their ecology;
  • give examples of common patterns across kingdoms underlying adaptation and plasticity;
  • translate the effects of changing environmental conditions into adaptations in behaviour, phenology, and ecology;
  • perform experiments in ecophysiology;
  • interpret data from experiments in ecophysiology;
  • motivate an experiment on an ecophysiological topic.

Onderwijsmethode en toetsing

The final grade is based on the practical report and a written exam.
Written exam: the written exam consists of open questions. The lecturer will determine if the given answer is correct and, if relevant, if it demonstrates the level of insight and opinion-forming capacity, which is required of the student at the end of the course. In order to pass the course the minimum mark for the written exam is 5.5.
The practical report will be written individually over the course of five weeks of practicals and supporting tutorials. The report is graded based on a rubric and needs to contain all required sections. The minimum grade required is a 5.5. In case of an insufficient grade, the course will be failed and the next chance to hand in the full report can be discussed with your supervisor.
The exam and the report both count for 50% of the grade.

Veronderstelde voorkennis

Mandatory Knowledge:
ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety
Assumed Knowledge:
PEN10503 Ecology I;
PEN20503 Ecology II;
CBI10306 Celbiology.

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  • Startdatum

    2 september 2024

    • Einddatum
      25 oktober 2024
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      Period 1
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