Eco-Metabolomics for Ecologists


iDiv, Leipzig, Germany

Credit points
1-1.5 CP

Course Language

Target Group
Doctoral Researchers (and interested Postdocs) who plan to implement Metabolomics into their research.

In this course, we will provide a basic understanding about when and how metabolomics can be implemented in ecological and biodiversity research. The course will guide through a typical workflow from the experimental design over the mass spectrometric analysis to the data analysis. Systematically we will elucidate the background and the meaning of every step and have a critical look on pitfalls.

After completing the course, you will be able to understand the metabolomics workflow. Furthermore, you´ll know what is necessary to design a good metabolomics experiment and which bioinformatics software/tool you can use to carry out the basic steps of  data analysis.

Didactic Elements
Lectures, open discussions, hands-on (lab, greenhouse, data analysis)

You will need
Basic knowledge about chemistry
ANOVA (basic)
Own laptop/ Eduroam connection

Expected performance
Participants should attend the lectures and are expected to respond to interactive questions.


Lecturer(s) in charge

Dr. Henriette Uthe

Henriette Uthe studied biochemistry and molecular medicine at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. She did her PhD in Proteomics at the university of Würzburg, Germany. Since 2018, she is the coordinator of the Ecometabolomics platform in iDiv.



Dr. Alexander Weinhold

Alexander Weinhold studied Environmental Chemistry at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, which was followed by a PhD in chemical ecology of plant-herbivore interactions at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany. After postdocs in the USA and Belgium, he became postdoctoral researcher in the MIE group at iDiv in 2014. He is leading several research projects in metabolomics analyses of plants, with a specialization in LC-qToF-MS and GC-MS analyses of volatiles. He has taught in several PhD courses, a.o. Ecometabolomics and Plant Volatiles.


Prof. Nicole van Dam

Nicole van Dam studied Biology at Wageningen University, Netherlands, which focus on plant physiology and phytochemistry. This was followed by a PhD in chemical ecology of plant-insect interactions at Leiden University, NL, and several postdocs in USA, Germany and Netherlands. Since 2014 she is research group leader Molecular Interaction Ecology (MIE) at iDiv and Full professor at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. She also founded the Ecometabolomics Platform at iDiv, and teaches in PhD and MSc courses on Chemical and Molecular Ecology and metabolomics.

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