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Høst 2019

BIO-3019 Arctic Biodiversity and Systematics - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Type of course

Theoretical and practical.

The course is limited to 20 students.

Course contents

Biodiversity research addresses how new species are formed, the genetic, ecological and evolutionary processes that maintain such a wide variety of organisms, and why organisms become extinct. Our knowledge of diversity is structured through the study of systematics, which seeks to understand the history of life through the phylogenetic and genetic relationships of organisms. With a focus on arctic biodiversity, we are taking a historical perspective, which helps to interpret current patterns and project into the future. At the core of this approach are phylogenetic trees and "tree thinking" for the synthesis of genetic data and other biological and comparative observations. An appreciation of diversity and knowledge of the principles and procedures of systematics are essential in ecology, and underlie all work in resource utilization and conservation biology. The course is taught jointly by researchers from Tromsø Museum, University of Tromsø and leading experts in arctic biodiversity from other research institutions. The course comprises lectures and seminars, laboratory DNA analysis and phylogenetic data analysis practicals. The course builds solid foundation relevant to various biological research tasks, which can be further advanced via other courses in Biosystematics run at UiT, eg BIO-8024 and BIO-8025, as well as those run by the Research School in Biosystematics (FORBIO)

Application deadline

Concerns only admission to singular courses: Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Admission requirements

Local admission, application code 9371 - Master's level singular course.

Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.

Objective of the course

After the course, the students should have knowledge about:


General competence

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Teaching will include lectures, seminars for the theory part, laboratory group teaching and data analysis practicals.


One written research project with presentation (weighted 30 %) and one written exam (weighted 70%). 
A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.

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

Date for examination

Written 10.12.2019;Take home assignment hand in date 06.12.2019

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Course overlap

BIO-8023 Arctic Biodiversity and Systematics 10 stp
Lectures Autumn 2019
Lectures forsker Galina Gusarova
Laboratory forsker Galina Gusarova
Data analysis forsker Galina Gusarova