BIO-3013 Northern food web ecology - 10 ECTS
- To demonstrate how a food web perspective is useful for describing and analyzing ecological dynamics emerging from the trophic interaction in ecosystems.
- To give the students a basic understanding of how basic mechanism in populations and communities leads to ecological dynamics through training in the use of simple models to understand such dynamics.
- To provide an overview of the structural characteristics of terrestrial food webs and how these vary in time and space in boreal and arctic biomes.
- To give an introduction to some modern empirical methods of studying trophic interactions.
- To learn what are the key processes and functions in northern terrestrial food webs by means of illustrious case studies.
- To train students in reading, presenting and discussing scientific research papers efficiently and critically: student seminars.
Oral exam. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.
There is a compulsory project work connected to the model laboratory part of the course that needs to be completed before the exam. Each student is also required to lead a seminar during the seminar parts of the courses.
There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.