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Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin - Department of Biology


In our opinion, excursions are among the most important building blocks of a biology course. Excursions make it possible to immerse oneself in life - the research object of biology. They practice the cognitive process from observation to abstraction and thus create an understanding of biological and interdisciplinary contexts.  Excursions are always hands-on courses with flat hierarchies between lecturers and students. They arouse the thirst for research and the desire for knowledge. Knowledge acquired on excursions is easily and lastingly memorized. What more could you want!

Not all excursions are offered annually. Please note the current announcements of the respective excursions. Files with more detailed organisational information will be accessible via this page in good time before the respective excursions.

» Plant geographical excursions »

» Botanical excursions on Saturdays »

» Ecological field course »

» Plant geographical excursions

The plant geographical excursions are part of the modules Plant Geography I and II in the Master Organismic Biology and Evolution. They can also be taken in the Bachelor's programmes Biology and the teacher training in Biology. In addition, they are open to students in the Master of Education. Within the available places there is the possibility for students of other subjects and university staff to participate as guests in the excursions. Enrolment takes place via the centrally organized course assignment (Fachkursvergabe) or during the preliminary discussion announced in the university calendar.

Both excursions are prepared through the lecture "Introduction to Plant Geography" and specific seminars.

Trafoi/South Tyrol (Ortler-massif) 
Photo:Dominik Sperling

The Trafoi valley is located in the Stilfserjoch National Park. In very smalls space we find different geological conditions, especially the change between siliceous and calcareous rock, as well as the transition from forests of the montane zone with spruce, swiss pine and larch via the timberline to alpine meadows and high alpine vegetation of screes and rock crevices. In the nearby and much warmer Adige valley we also find steppe grassland and thermophilic deciduous trees. The excursion shows the diversity of the alpine ecosystem, the extreme richness of its vegetation, its dependence on geological conditions and altitude, the adaptation of the species to "life at the border" as well as anthropogenic influences (meadows, ski slopes, etc.). It combines guided thematic walks with botanical fieldwork and seminaristic analysis.

Current announcement for the WiSe 2018/19


Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Antike Stätte auf Zypern
Photo:Dominik Sperling

In the northern part of the Mediterranean island Cyprus (i.e. the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) there are typical vegetation formations of the Mediterranean region coupled with a high biodiversity and a rural settlement structure.

We visit the Mediterranean sclerophyllous forest with its degradation levels macchia and garrigue as typical elements of the meridional vegetation zone. We see rocky and dune coasts as well as a rich segetal and ruderal flora. An excursion to the Troodos Mountains in southern Cyprus takes us into forests of black pine, golden oak and cedar.

The excursion conveys connections between climatic, edaphic and landscape conditions and the physiognomy, the species spectrum and the functional adaptations of the vegetation. We practice field botanical techniques (collecting herbarium specimens, preparing vegetation relevés). We will observe conflicts between nature conservation and land use, especially for tourism and agriculture. And we keep coming across traces of the rich history of Cyprus from antiquity and the Crusaders to the political upheavals of modern times.

Current announcement for the WiSe 2018/19

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» Botanical excursions on Saturdays

The botanical excursions on Saturdays are optional for prospective biology teachers, for students of biology or agricultural and horticultural sciences as well as for all interested parties. The registration takes place after publication of the respective information sheets in moodle.

Tegeler Fliess
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Tegeler Fließtal

From Hermsdorf via Lübars and Schildow along the Tegeler Fließ - the stream, carrs, willow bushes and wet meadows are home to many endangered plant and animal species. With a little bit of luck you can also see marsh orchids, fringed pink and devil's-bit.

Current announcement for the SoSe 2019


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Nature Reserve "Annatal" near Strausberg

The area of the Lange-Damm-Wiesen and the Lower Annatal includes parts of a subglacial channel system in the area of the Barnim plate (spring and flat moor, former lake bottom) and the surrounding plateaus (boulder marl/clay covered with sand). The variety of habitats in connection with the historical land use led to an extremely diverse flora and vegetation in the area.

Current announcement for the SoSe 2019


Nature Reserve "Tote Täler"
Photo:Dominik Sperling

The "Tote Täler" ("Dead Valleys") are located between Naumburg and Freyburg in the southern tip of Saxony-Anhalt. The dry valleys, sunny slopes and plateaus of this shell limestone landscape are home to thermophilous oak-hornbeam-forests and orchid-rich dry grasslands, which occur here in narrow mosaics and in largely natural conditions. They are the habitat of numerous plant and insect species that are rare in Germany. This justifies the designation of the "Tote Täler" as a nature reserve and FFH area. The plant communities observed here, adapted to heat, drought and alkaline soils, are extremely rich in species and are largely absent in Berlin and Brandenburg.

Current announcement for the SoSe 2019

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» Ecological field course

The ecological field courses are an elective course and part of the Bio10 V module. Registration is via Agnes.

Geologische Formation im Harz
Photo:Dominik Sperling

The excursion to Ballenstedt deals with the botanical, zoological, climatic and edaphic investigation of four biotopes, a dry grassland on shell limestone, a hay meadow, a wet meadow and an alder-ash-forest. Corresponding species lists are compiled and the different habitats are compared ecologically. The results will be presented at the end of the excursion. In addition, the region offers interesting geological structures and outcrops, which were created, among other things, during the elevation of today's low mountain range and are explored in several day trips. The cultural influences of agricultural grazing and forest use are also taken into account. In addition, the approximately 2000 half-timbered houses of Quedlinburg, a World Heritage City of over 1000 years old, attract visitors.

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