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BIO-2010 Marine Ecology - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for arktisk og marin biologi

Type of course

The course is available for students at the study program Bachelor in Biology and exchange students at a biology study program. The course is available as a singular course. Students are encouraged to also take BIO-2516 Ocean Climate and BIO-2513 Marin biodiversitet (Please note! Norwegian taught course).

Course overlap

BIO-1501 Aquatic Ecology 5 stp

Course contents

This course is an introduction to the marine ecosystems in northern and Arctic areas. We study the influence of physical parameters, currents and topography on populations of pelagic and benthic organisms, as well as biological interactions between them. We discuss the factors that trigger the vernal bloom and initiate feeding, reproduction and dispersion in the pelagic realm, and the fate of this biomass in the ecosystem. Students will work in groups to prepare oral presentations about selected topics. A one-week cruise will give the students practice in collecting and analyzing with samples of plankton, benthos and fish, work in groups and organize work under guidance. Students will prepare a written report describing the cruise sampling and results.

Application deadline

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: 15 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Admission requirements

Applicants from Nordic countries must have:

Generell studiekompetanse, samt følgende spesielle opptakskrav:

Matematikk R1 eller matematikk S1+S2 og i tillegg ett av følgende programfag:

Application code: 9197 (Nordic applicants).

It is a requirement that students have minimum 30 ECTS of biology and ecology and some prior knowledge of chemistry and mathematics. (Participants must have taken introductory level university courses, and achieved pass grades, in these subjects).

Maximum 35 students due to limited capacity on the boat.

Objective of the course

After having completed the course, students will be able to



General competence

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, lab. exercises and research cruise. The laboratory course and cruise is mandatory. Necessary safety training will be given.