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BIO-8506 Evolution and Ecologically Driven Speciation - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Type of course


Course contents

There is growing evidence that in many places new species are emerging at a greater pace, with a higher frequency and in circumstances that more traditional models of evolution would not predict. It is now clear that ecological processes can be a major driver of evolutionary change. Using examples drawn from a wide range of species, we will explore the main elements of our current understanding of the evolutionary processes that gave rise to the diversity of life on earth. Throughout there will be a strong emphasis on recent developments in our knowledge of the ecological consequences of the evolutionary macanisms and particular the role that ecological processes play in promoting evolutionary change.

Application deadline

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

Application deadline for external applicants: December 1. Extended deadline 2017: January 2.

Admission requirements

PhD students register for the course through StudentWeb. The registration for spring semester starts in the middle of December.

External applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb.

Application code 9303

Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course.

Objective of the course

Objectives: A broad overview of evolutionary processes and mechanisms with a specific focus on ecological consequences and drivers of evolution.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars.


Home assignment and oral exam. Evaluation: pass/fail.

Course overlap

BIO-3525 Evolution and Ecologically Driven Speciation 10 stp
Lectures Spring 2017
Same schedule as BIO-3525.