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BIO-8024 Northern Biodiversity Hotspots: field courses in Skibotn - 5 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Type of course

Intensive course extending over one week.


More information about BIO-8024.

Course contents

Biodiversity loss, often referred to as biodiversity crisis, is a global environmental problem causing international concern and demanding urgent counteracting measures. Biodiversity is commonly defined in terms of a number of species present in a particular environment, or in total in the world. This makes species not only one of the fundamental biological concepts but also a focus of global conservation efforts. That is why practical experience with morphology based species identification is in high demand in both basic and applied biological research.

This course draws on the expertise of scientists from the Tromsø museum as well as taxonomic experts from other research institutes to provide training in the identification of species and in field survey techniques. It will take place in Skibotn area with remarkably high species number for such northern latitudes (68-69 degrees N) challenging the general concept that species richness decreases as latitude increases. The course content will alternate between the years to cover the diversity of plant, lichen, Insect, birds and mammal groups recorded in Skibotn.

Application deadline

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

Application deadline for other applicants: 1 June

Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that there are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you see the following list:

Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries


For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document:

Proficiency in english - PhD level studies


Maximum 15 participants.

If more than 15 applicants, priority will be given as follows:

PhD students at UiT register for the course through StudentWeb. Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Application code 9306. Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course.

Objective of the course

You learn applied taxonomy, identification and field collection skills, as well as specimen preparation and mounting for the collection storage.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course comprises daily field excursions and laboratory work, including preparation and mounting of the specimens for preservation in museum collections.


Oral exam. Examination will include identification of collected specimens (from the groups not mentioned during this course) using published keys in Norwegian or English. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.

There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.

Course overlap

BIO-8001 Northern Biodiversity Hotspots: field courses in Skibotn 2 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Will be provided by the lecturers.