autumn 2017

BIO-8012 Fish migration: Theory and technology - 5 ECTS

Sist endret: 20.02.2018

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Location

Tromsø |

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway: September 1st.

Application deadline for other applicants: September 1st.

Type of course

PhD course for biology students.

Admission requirements

Maximum participants: 20

If more than 20 applicants, priority will be given as follows:

  • Participants admitted to the PhD programme at UiT
  • Participants in the Associate Professor programme (Førstelektorprogrammet)
  • PhD candidates from other universities
  • People with a minimum of a Masters degree (or equivalent), who have not been admitted to a PhD programme

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that there are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you see the following list:

Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries

 

For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document:

Proficiency in english - PhD level studies

 

PhD students at UiT register for the course through StudentWeb. The registration for autumn semester starts in the middle of June. Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Application code 9306. Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course.

Course content

Fishes migrate on different spatial and temporal scales, utilising the best suited habitat during different stages of the life cycle to increase individual fitness. The diadromous migrations of salmonids and eels between spawning and feeding habitats are well known examples. Humans have exploited fishes during their migrations for several thousand years, and many migrating species have a high economic value. During this course, insights will be given in ecological causes and evolutionary consequences of fish migrations, migration patterns, orientation, navigation, anthropogenic impacts, and with examples from a range of fish species in northern marine and freshwater systems. The course will also introduce the students to biotelemetry and other tag and tracking methods, with emphasis on use of radio and acoustic transmitters, manual tracking and use of automatic data logging stations, use of sensors measuring physiological and environmental factors, data storage tags, satellite pop-up archival tags, sampling design, tagging techniques, and ethics and animal welfare issues related to fish tagging.

Objectives of the course

The students will have solid theoretical knowledge in ecological causes and evolutionary consequences of fish migrations, as well as in technologies used to study fish migrations. They will have insights in orientation and navigation mechanisms in fishes. They will further have a good understanding in how human impacts may influence fish migrations. The students will have specific knowledge in available telemetry and other tag and tracking methods. They will be able to select suitable methods, and to design and plan a fish migration study. They will have practical training in tagging and fish tracking methods, and be able to reflect on ethical and animal welfare issues related to such studies. After the course, the students will have a general understanding of fish migrations with specific examples from arctic and sub-arctic areas and broad knowledge on the available methods to study fish migrations in a variety of aquatic systems.

Language of instruction

English

Teaching methods

Lectures, demonstrations and practical exercises. Two week intensive course, likely 16. - 27. October 2017.

Assessment

Oral exam. Letter grades, A-F.

Coursework requirements: written exercise - must be approved in order to be able to take the oral exam.

Schedule

Course overlap

BIO-3003 Fish migration: Theory and technology 5 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Ca. 150-170 pages (15-20 scientific articles and lecture notes)


Kontakt

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Audun Rikardsen


Professor
Telefon: +4777644475
Mobil: 92443354 audun.rikardsen@uit.no

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Nilsen, Ingjerd Gauslaa


Rådgiver, ph.d.-utdanningen
Telefon: +4777646018 ingjerd.nilsen@uit.no

HOW TO APPLY

PhD students at UiT register for the course through StudentWeb. The registration for autumn semester starts in the middle of June. Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Application code 9306.