spring 2017

BIO-2310 Arctic biology - 10 stp

Sist endret: 04.05.2017

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


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Application deadline

1. December 2016. Apply for BIO-2310

Exchange students and Fulbright students also has to apply 1 October for the spring semester.

Type of course

The course is limited to 20 students due to the expedition to the West Ice. 10 places are reserved for qualified students at our bachleorprogram: Biologi, klima og miljø and Miljøledelse og forurensningsbiologi and aimed at MSc-students specializing in "Arctic animal physiology".The course is also available to exchange students at a biology study program. Please note! students must expect some costs associated with the purchase of clothing used during the field expedition. Not available as singular course.

Obligatory prerequisites

BIO-2002 Physiology II (Animal Physiology)

Course contents

The course describes the arctic environment and focuses on the biology of various arctic animals and their physiological adaptations to the extreme environment.

Objective of the course

Students that have completed Bio-2310 Arctic Biology:
  • should have knowledge, insight and increased awareness of the Arctic region, and the animals (invertebrates, fish, birds, mammals) that inhabit this region
  • should be able to describe physiological adaptations of animals living in an extreme environment
  • should be able to understand-scientific literature
  • should be able to discuss- and give oral/written presentations of problems concerning this field of science

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures based on a syllabus and an obligatory expedition (approximately 14 days) with experimental studies of seals in the West ice will take place in March/April using the university vessel RV Helmer Hanssen. Students will work together in groups and write reports based on results from research and practicals done during the expedition. Necessary safety training will be given.


6 hours written exam. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.

Coursework requirements: cruisereport. In order to sit an examination, the student must complete and gain approval for any coursework requirements.  

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

Date for examination

One written 15.06.2017

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Recommended reading/syllabus

A.S.Blix (2005) Arctic Animals and their Adaptations to Life on the Edge, tapir academic press. Presentations from lectures, available in Fronter.
Lectures Spring 2017
First attandance: See schedule
Lectures prof. Monica Alterskjær Sundset
prof. Even Hjalmar Jørgensen
prof. Erling Sverre Nordøy
prof. Lars Folkow
prof. David Grey Hazlerigg
f.aman. Gabriela Christina Wagner
Seminars The seminars will be given at AAB.

Cruise West Ice expedition date: coming later. Obligatory info.meeting before expedition: date coming later.

prof. Erling Sverre Nordøy
prof. Lars Folkow



Andreassen, Siv

Telefon: +4777646381 siv.andreassen@uit.no