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BIOL 645

Biodiversity Science Summer School
Université d'été sur la Science de la Biodiversité
Mont Saint-Hilaire Biosphere Reserve
May 3-14, 2010

Biodiversity Science summer school / Université d'été sur la Science de la Biodiversité

Credit weight: 3 credit course
Course convener
: Claire de Mazancourt
e-mail: claire.demazancourt@mcgill.ca
Course fee: a course fee of $550 will be requested to cover travel from Montreal to Mont Saint Hilaire, food and accommodation at Mont Saint Hilaire, and production of a course booklet.

The course will build on the expertise brought together by the newly funded FQRNT Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science. The course will give a high level overview of concepts, methods and questions related to the different aspects of biodiversity science. The course is intended for graduate students, post-docs and professionals working in biodiversity science. This course targets science professionals at a high level (graduate students and post-docs) and focuses on the scientific aspects of biodiversity science. The course will be offered by participating universities in different years: McGill in 2010, Université de Montréal in 2011.

Course Description
Concepts, methods and questions related to the different aspects of biodiversity science, including discovering biodiversity; biodiversity change and ecosystem services; management and adaptation to biodiversity changes. Students will get a complete overview of these different aspects of biodiversity science. There will be group-work, problem-based application of all material taught. Student will be in contact with some of the best Quebec and international researchers working on biodiversity.

The number of participants will be capped at 25, to allow high quality teaching. As a course for the FQRNT Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science, this course will take graduate students from all universities involved in the centre. Graduate students from the centre will be given priority.

We are aiming for students to be exposed to the highest profile researchers in our centre. Each lecture can be a different lecturer; there can be co-teaching. Potential lecturers are people listed under each theme in the FQRNT project, all are professors at one of the participating universities.

We will invite international top scientists to give seminars during the course.

Student Commitment
Students should not expect to do anything other than the course during those 2 weeks. Students will be asked to commit to take part in all items listed on the timetable.

The course will accommodate both French and English speaking participants, but students should have a good understanding of English. Lectures will be given in English. Lecture slides will be in French whenever possible. Seminars will be in English only. Students can submit their work in French or English.