spring 2016

BIO-3527 Marine Botany II - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 07.04.2017

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Concerns only admission to singular courses. Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Master course for biology students - principally aimed at MSc-students specializing in "Marine Ecology and Resource Biology¿. The course is available as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Local admission, application code 9371 - - Master`s level singular course.
Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) in biology or equivalent qualification in biology.

Course content

The main themes are:

  • Geophysical growth regime of northern phytoplankton

(hydrophysics, elements and irradiance)

  • Communities and dynamics (species composition, taxonomy,

ice flora, bloom dynamics)

  • Selected themes, e.g. "biological pump", "usefulness of field


  • Extensive written project in scientific format in English

Recommended prerequisites

BIO-2502 Marin Biology, BIO-2512 Project Thesis in Aquatic Ecology, BIO-3501 Physical - biological interactions, BIO-3504 Production and Growth in Polar Areas

Objectives of the course

The course deals with important basic (classical) and advanced aspects of high latitude phytoplankton, i.e. the species ofnorthern microalgae communities and characteristics of the environment they thrive in.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The written project will be tutored in groups and during seminars.


Oral exam. Grade: Pass/Fail.

Coursework requirements: Written project - must be approved in order to be able to take the ordinary or re-sit written examination.

There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.


Recommended reading/syllabus

 Syllabus and reading list will be announced prior to course start.