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BIO-3506 Top predators - 10 ECTS
Application deadline for the field cruise: 26 April.
External applicants also need to apply for singular courses.
Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester.
Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.
Maximum number of students to the field cruise is 13 and, if the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, master students in biology from UiT with highest number of biological credits will be prioritized.
It is not possible to only participate on the field cruise.
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.
Lectures will be given concentrated in two periods, 9 - 13 September and 4 - 8 and 11 November.
Field cruise 24 - 28 June
Using RV "Johan Ruud", BIO-3506 will start with an field cruise to Vesterålen from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June. The field course is divided in three different parts:
- One day at sea (in Bleiksegga) to observe whales
- One day at the Anda (or Bleiksøya) island to study seabird colonies
- One day at Stø to study a harbour seal colony during breeding