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Species, habitats and skills: teaching boreal biodiversity and data across borders

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What I do in GBIF and in the University of Helsinki
Why bother teaching
Education networks: managing time and money
Teaching experiences 2013-2015
Teaching plans & invitations 2016

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Species, habitats and skills: teaching boreal biodiversity and data across borders

  1. 1. Dmitry Schigel University of Helsinki Species, habitats and skills: teaching boreal biodiversity and data across borders
  2. 2. Outline • What I do in GBIF and in the University of Helsinki • Why bother teaching • Education networks: managing time and money • Teaching experiences 2013-2015 • Teaching plans & invitations 2016
  3. 3. GBIF.org dschigel@gbif.org
  4. 4. GBIF BY THE NUMBERS 652,948,064 species occurrence records 15,882 datasets 804 data-publishing institutions • http://www.gbif.org | 01 APR 2016
  5. 5. Dmitry Schigel: 2012-2015 Academy of Finland Colonization gates and establishment of wood-decaying fungi in European Spruce X = 2014 -> GBIF
  6. 6. Approaches and outlook: e.g. Population Biology in Fragmented Landscapes, Biodiversity in Dead Wood Skills: Sample preps for NGS, Microscopy, Bioinformatics, Databases Facts: Species diversity & identification, morphology
  7. 7. University of Helsinki Finland Moscow State University Russia Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 2016: Nordic – Russian Boreal Biodiversity and Data Education Network
  8. 8. Education and outreach • Polypores of the Białowieża forest Oct 2013 • Biodiversity in dead wood, Helsinki Nov 2013 • Next-gen seq sample prep course, Uppsala Jun 2014 • Biodiversity informatics and data management Jul 2014 • Polypore course, Russia Aug 2014 • Polypore course, Finland: ForBio Sep 2014 • Dead wood meeting, Lammi: SIU May 2015 * * * • Dead wood meeting & course Lammi Aug 2016 • Polypores as tools in forest conservation Lammi Sep 2016 • Biodiversity data skills Tartu Nov 2016
  9. 9. Courses 2013
  10. 10. Amaze & inform
  11. 11. Teaching materials are publications that matter
  12. 12. Biodiversity in Dead Wood 2013 course • An introductory course for graduate and advanced undergraduate students, 1 week • Cover various aspects of the habitat, organism groups and ecological processes connected with dead wood • Guest experts on dead wood provide deeper coverage of research field • Present dead wood research 1. 15 h lectures (5 days x 3 h), learning diaries = 2 ECTS 2. optional 5 h journal club, essays = 2 ECTS 3. optional book exam = 3 ECTS 7 ECTS =
  13. 13. BDW course programme
  14. 14. BDW course programme
  15. 15. Kilpisjärvi • Subarctic ecology and biogeography • Accomodation for 66 • Lecture and meeting rooms • Vans and boats • Lake-side sauna University of Helsinki www.helsinki.fi/kilpis ForBio: Data management course 2014
  16. 16. Data management course Specimens Observations Names Bibliography ImagesDNA Directives Maps Projects People
  17. 17. published record (existence approved by scientific community, a bibliographic reference in peer-reviewed paper exists) collected (at least one reliably identified specimen in a clearly designated private or public collection) recorded, not collected (e.g.with the identifiable photo, video, sound recording) ?Anax imperator observed
  18. 18. Education and outreach • Polypores of the Białowieża forest Oct 2013 • Biodiversity in dead wood, Helsinki Nov 2013 • Next-gen seq sample prep course, Uppsala Jun 2014 • Biodiversity informatics and data management Jul 2014 • Polypore course, Russia Aug 2014 • Polypore course, Finland: ForBio Sep 2014 • Dead wood meeting, Lammi: SIU May 2015 * * * • Dead wood meeting & course Lammi Aug 2016 • Polypores as tools in forest conservation Lammi Sep 2016 • Biodiversity data skills Tartu Nov 2016
  19. 19. Polypores as tools in forest conservation: species ID course • Teachers: O. Miettinen, O. Manninen, T. Niemelä • Target group: MSc students, biology / forestry Time: 19-23 September 2016 • Place: Lammi biological station, Finland • Quota: ~ 15 people • Test: identification exam • Reading in advance required: Wikipedia page, kelo tree paper, Finnish, Swedish and Russian indicator species guides. 2016
  20. 20. Biodiversity data management and open data: data skills course • Teachers: U. Kõljalg, K. Abarenkov, H. Koivula, (D. Schigel) • Target group: MSc students, biology • Time: 1-5 November 2016 • Place: Tartu, Estonia • Quota: ~ 15 people LUCY (2014) 2016
  21. 21. http://blogs.helsinki.fi/deadwoodmeeting registration until 20 May, may close earlier 2016
  22. 22. Lammi • Forests and lakes • 120 km from Helsinki • Accomodation for 100 • Large and small rooms and labs • One e-mail booking • Lake-side sauna University of Helsinki www.helsinki.fi/lammi ForBio: Dead Wood Course 2016, Polypores as tools
  23. 23. Thank you!

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