autumn 2017

BIO-3505 Ecological Interactions - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 19.01.2018

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Concerns only admission to singular courses:
Applicants from Nordic countries:
1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.
Exchange students and Fulbright students:
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 ¿Freshwater Ecology¿. 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) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.

Course content

The course deals with ecological interactions with special emphasize on aquatic systems and freshwater fish. Predation, competition and parasitism are central topics, and essential principles and theories in relation to these interactions will be explained. The dynamic aspects of the interactions are focused, also considering effects of heavy exploitation, species introductions and other kind of biomanipulations. Lessons include a combination of lectures presenting basic theory, and seminars for discussions of relevant publications. The seminars are compulsory and based on thorough preparations from the students.

Recommended prerequisites

BIO-1005 Ecology and Evolution, BIO-2503 Freshwater Ecology

Objectives of the course

Students that have completed Bio-3505 Ecological interactions:
  • Have knowledge and insight to central topics in community ecology
  • Have knowledge and in-depth understanding of ecological interactions with special emphasis on competition, predation and parasitism and their interrelationships
  • Can explain and describe the use of key ecological concepts and theory related to competitive exclusion principle, ecological niche, biodiversity, biological invasions, food webs, trophic cascades and biomanipulations
  • Can read and understand scientific literature
  • Have experience in presenting and discussing scientific topics in plenary sessions
  • Can give oral and written presentations of problems concerning this field of science

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars and field course. 


Term thesis and oral examination. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail. There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.  

Date for examination

Take home assignment hand in date 16.11.2017

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


Course overlap

BIO-308 Fish ecology - ecological interactions 10 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

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


Per-Arne Amundsen

Professor i ferskvannsøkologi
Telefon: +4777644539


Andreassen, Siv

Telefon: +4777646381