BIO-3506 Top predators - theoretical - 7 ECTS
Polar bears, seals, whales and seabirds are important components of marine ecosystems. BIO-3506 aims to give an overview of and insight into the biology, ecology, management and harvest of these top predators, primarily in Norwegian and adjacent waters. In addition, social structure, demography and reproduction of selected species will be reviewed. There will be particular emphasis on the feeding behavior and ecological importance of these marine top predators, both with examples from Norwegian and adjacent waters and from other ecosystems. Man-made influences (climate change, pollutants, fisheries, etc.) will also be discussed.
BIO- 3506 will be given in autumn 2017, starting with a boat-based excursion to Vesterålen in June, and with subsequent lectures (concentrated in September and November) in Tromsø. The subject ends with an oral examination in December.Students that missed the boat-based excursion to Vesterålen, can do the theoretical (only lectures and seminars) part of BIO-3506, given 7 ECTS.