PowerPoint- slides of the lectures in pdf-format available after the lectures & Carter, D. & Walker, A. (eds.) 1999. Care and Conservation of Natural History Collections http://natsca.org/care-and-conservation, Watson, M. F. & al. (eds.) 2014. Descriptive taxonomy (available as an e-book) in UH library.
The course lectures (with learning diary submitted) will provide 4 ECTS, this can be supplemented through participation in the practicals in order to obtain 5 ECTS for this course. No numerical evaluation, only failed/passed.
Basic knowledge in evolution, taxonomy, systematics and biological nomenclature
Students will learn how to access and use biological collections and how specimens are collected, curated, databased and preserved in natural history museums for further use in research.
Period I, even years
Central content of the course:
- biological collections and their role in research
- how biological museums worldwide interact to support research
- how biological specimens are collected, curated and databased
Lectures and demonstrations supplemented with independent study of the course material plus independent exercise
Recommended: J. E. Winston: Describing species. 518 pp. Columbia University Press 1999.
Numerous original articles related to specific topics will be introduced during the lectures
Grading scale pass-fail
Kurssi järjestetään keskustassa eläin- ja kasvimuseon tiloissa / Course is located in the botanical & zoological museum in city centre.
Professor Jaakko Hyvönen
Replaces the former course 59944 Biological collections.