BIO-2006 Plants and Ecosystems - 10 ECTS
Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Concerns only admission to singular courses. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.
Note! All students need to enroll for the field course in addition to ordinary course registration by following this link: Enroll for field course
Deadline for enrolling for the field course is 15 June.
The number of places available on this course is limited to 20 students due to the capacity of the fieldcourse. If more than 20 students register for the course the students will be prioritized in the following order: 1) students enrolled on the Bachelor's program in Biology, Climate and Environment (BKM), 2) students enrolled on the Master's program in Biology, 3) average grade.
Nordic applicants: Admission requirements are generell studiekompetanse + REALFA.
Application code: 9336
International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education website - nokut.no
All applicants: The course requires basic knowledge in biology and ecology at university level. Basic knowledge in chemistry and mathematics is an advantage.
As a student of Bio 2006 the aim is that you understand ecosystem functioning, various ways by which plants play central roles in this functioning, and that this understanding will have a basis in plant community theory:
- You learn what are traits and how they relate to ecosystem functioning
- You learn different definitions of biodiversity and how biodiversity is important to ecosystem functioning
- You learn how ecological interactions involving plants can change ecosystem functioning
- You learn how plant aboveground and plant belowground interactions are interconnected
- You learn that environmental change including climate change can modify the basis for ecosystem functioning
- You learn how knowledge on the plant role of ecosystems is essential to land use management
As a student of Bio-2006 you will acquire skills through:
- Studying plants in their natural ecosystem
- Reading and understanding scientific literature in the format of scientific papers
- Having knowledge of different types of scientific papers, i.e. review papers, meta-analysis papers, empirical papers and theoretical papers
- Discussing scientific questions
- Giving both oral and written presentations of scientific topics
- Completing a small scientific project, including data sampling in the field, data analysis and discussion presented in the format of a scientific paper
- Completing a small modeling exercise on plant functional traits