autumn 2015
BIO-8012 Fish migration: Theory and technology - 5 ECTS

Application deadline

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

Application deadline for external applicants: June 1st.

Type of course

PhD course for biology students.

Admission requirements

Maximum participants: 20
Use this application form to register on the course and send it to Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at BFE Faculty, University of Tromsø:
Admission PhD Courses

Course overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

BIO-3003 Fish migration: Theory and technology 5 stp

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 and examination


Teaching methods

Lectures, demonstrations and practical exercises. Two week intensive course, likely 5. - 16. October 2015.


Oral exam. Letter grades, A-F.

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

Recommended reading/syllabus

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

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  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: BIO-8012
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