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BIO-3031 Biophysical Interactions in Marine Ecosystems - 5 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for arktisk og marin biologi

Type of course

The course is relevant for students belonging to the Master in Biology programme and especially for students taking the Arctic Marine Ecology specialisation. Students are encouraged to take the course during their first year.

The course will not be run if fewer than 5 students register for it (including BIO-8031)

The course is not available as a singular course.

Course contents

Through lectures, seminars, labs and data labs the students will learn how physical processes impact marine life on small to large scales. The lectures and seminars will give the students the theoretical background to understand biological-physical interactions and to evaluate how these impact variability in marine production in time and space. During the lab day students will study a biological-physical interaction on small scale. During data labs students will learn how to analyse and present data from selected modern oceanographic instruments, including satellite data and data collected during Bachelor courses BIO-2010 and BIO-2516.

Objective of the course

Students who have completed BIO-3031 will be able to:



General competence

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Blocks with 4 hrs lecture, 2 hrs seminars and 4 hrs data lab will be spread throughout the spring semester. The essay and the data lab report will prepare students to actively synthesize the information learned during the lectures. Students will partly work with data collected during the Bachelor education to study meso-scale interactions. They will also learn how to use freely available research data for analysing biological-physical interactions on large scale.

Date for examination

Oral exam 26.05.2023;Off campus exam hand in date 23.05.2023;Assignment hand in date 15.05.2023

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