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Biological Invasions

Invasions biologiques

Responsible Faculty: School of Biology (FBM-BIO)

Teacher(s): Jake Alexander, Antoine Guisan

Validity: 2016 -> 2016

No timetable defined.


Spring semester
14 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): English
Public: No
Credits: 1.50


1. Explain core theory and concepts underlying the spread and impacts of non-native species.
2. Give key insights emerging from invasions as natural experiments in ecology and evolution.
3. Design an empirical study using non-native species as a model system.


Biological invasions are considered one of the most important global threats to biodiversity. Understanding the processes shaping the success of species outside of their native ranges is therefore a major goal of conservation research. However, the spread of invasive species can also be seen as natural experiments on a grand scale, giving important insights into the regulation and functioning of populations, communities and ecosystems. In this course, we elucidate the main hypotheses explaining the success and spread of invasive species, whilst emphasising the insights that biological invasions have given us into basic ecological and evolutionary processes.


Assessment will be based a 2-page research proposal and on a presentation of the proposal. Final grades will be modulated based on participation during the entire course.

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