Teaching

Writing Academic Papers

SemesterFall
Offered2021
Course ID X000947
LecturerDr. Danny Haelewaters
CampusLedeganck
TimeMon & Wed 13:00–14:30 CEST
LinkCourse website (UGent login needed), Syllabus (pdf)

Papers, papers, papers! Scientists are judged based on the quality of their written work. A key skill for a good scientist is to write papers that get read and cited by other researchers. How do you learn this skill? It takes work, and a lot of practice to master writing skills, but you do not have to reinvent the wheel. By analyzing published work, you will learn to distinguish good writing from bad. You will start thinking about scientific writing as storytelling. You will prepare, section by section, your own manuscript ready for submission. The instructor(s) and your peers will review your work and provide feedback—in person and written. In addition to writing papers, we may also discuss the peer review process and talk about how to write an objective, effective, and constructive manuscript review. By the end of this workshop, preferably, you should have a well-structured and polished manuscript that is close to being ready for submission. The workshop is based on a course that was previously offered at the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, which resulted in papers published in Science, Molecular Ecology, Scientific Reports, and others.

Mycology: Basidiomycota

SemesterFall
Offered2021
Course IDC002777A
LecturerProf. Dr. Annemieke Verbeken, Dr. Danny Haelewaters
CampusLedeganck
TimeTBA
LinkCourse website (UGent login needed), Course specifications (pdf)

This course is part of the major/minor cluster Biodiversity in the Master Biology and is thus focusing on the diversity of one particular group of organisms: the Basidiomycota, which together with the Ascomycota are the most important group in the kingdom of true fungi. Prior knowledge for this course is acquired in the course Mycology in the second bachelor of Biology where a more general overwiew of the Pseudofungi, the slime moulds, and the true fungi is given. This more specialized course is starting with a view on the present state of knowledge of the tree of life: what are the relations between Basidiomycota and the other groups of organisms and what are the internal relations? You will gain insights in the currently accepted large groups and clades and in the way modern molecular analyses influence the more classical morphology-based classification systems. This traditional classification based on both macro- and micromorphological characters is still important when it comes to recognition and identification of species, another important aim in this course (especially in Agaricales). Discussing diversity and evolution of fungi of course goes hand in hand with discussing their life strategies and ecology.