Finland, Jyväskylä, Konnevesi Research Station

Methods in Community Ecology

when 21 February 2016 - 26 February 2016
duration 1 week
credits 1 ECTS

The course will provide an outline of the concepts and methods one must master to understand ecological communities and the factors affecting them. We start with a dive into the basic concepts from species richness and diversity to different measures of turnover, nestedness etc. We continue with research project examples. We end the course with different analytical tools, starting from the most traditional and basic and finalizing with an introduction to more advanced and complex methods. The aim is that after the course students can work on their own projects focusing on diverse community ecology questions, such as the effect of anthropogenic disturbance on ecological communities etc.

Course leader

Dr. Panu Halme (University of Jyväskylä), Prof. Mikko Mönkkönen (University of Jyväskylä), Nerea Abrego, Anna Norberg and other visiting teachers

Target group

All international and Finnish students who are majoring in Biology, especially those with emphasis on Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Limnology, Hydrobiology or Environmental Science, are encouraged to apply to the Jyväskylä Winter School of Ecology.

Course aim

The most important aims of the Winter School are to develop scientific readiness and to offer students the possibility to study in a modern, scientific environment and to create connections to the international science community.

Credits info

- 1–2 ECTS
- Obligatory attendance at lectures. Active participation to the lectures is required to pass the course.

Fee info

EUR 0: Attendance in the Winter School is free of charge, but students are responsible for their meals, accommodation and travel costs. The accommodation and meals are arranged in situ at the research stations.


The Winter School of Ecology is not able to grant any Winter School students financial support. In order to ensure your participation, we recommend that you take steps to secure your own funding, for example, by turning first to your home institution or o