8th of July 2019: The "poster presentation" as an alternative form of examination
Modern teaching and learning research is increasingly calling into question the classical frontal lecture, which aims to impart pure knowledge. Particularly in polyvalent courses, this lecturer-centred form of teaching prevents individual learning and makes research-based learning more difficult. Prof. Martin Wilmking and the students of the module "Climate Change" show how polyvalent teaching can be combined as a flipped classroom with an alternative examination method that favours research-based learning.
20th of June 2019: Humboldt Research Fellowship
Dr. Anadon-Rosell has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers. She will be hosted for a two-year period by Prof. Martin Wilmking and his team in the working group “Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics” at the Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology. Alba Anadon-Rosell is from Barcelona, Spain, and will be working on the phenotypic plasticity of clonal shrubs in tundra ecosystems.
21st of February 2019: New study removes the fertilizer effect from climate reconstructions
At the end of February the article "Removing the no-analogue bias in modern accelerated tree growth leads to stronger medieval drought" by Tobias Scharnweber and other members of our working group appeared in Scientific Reports.
20th of February 2019: New project for digitalization in research
The State Excellence Program MV "Digitization in Research" supports the consortium "DIG-IT! Digitalisation of Natural Complexity to Solve Socially Relevant Ecological Problems" under the direction of Prof. Martin Wilmking. Over the next 3 years, researchers will have 2 million euros at their disposal to develop a methodological toolbox that can independently capture and categorize ecological image and audio data using machine learning techniques (deep convolutional neural networks). Partners are the Fraunhofer Institut für Grafische Datenverarbeitung Rostock (Prof. Uwe von Lukas), Biomathematik (Prof. Mareike Fischer) and working groups of the Institut für Botany und Landscape Ecology (Profs. Joosten, Kreyling, Wilmking) and the Zoological Institute and Museum (Prof. Gerald Kerth).
Extract from the jury vote:
"The DIG-IT! project aims to address urgent ecological issues through the use of digital technologies, with the evaluation of primary data posing a particular challenge. (...) The jury is convinced of the scientific excellence of the project. The idea of developing an ecological toolbox is particularly impressive. It also appreciates the approach of docking onto already existing excellent research alliances such as WETSCAPES and RESPONSE [DFG Research Training Group "Biological RESPONSEs to Novel and Changing Environments"] and using their findings above all to promote young scientists.