The course is administrated by
Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics
The course deals with the environmental factors and the ecological interactions that determine the dynamics of northern populations and how population fluctuations of key species may impact on ecosystem dynamics. Emphasis is put on species that have a key role in terrestrial boreal, sub-arctic and arctic ecosystems or species that are considered important as resources. Strategies for managing such populations/resources will be presented. A balance between theory and empirical case studies will be sought. The course will primarily use case studies, species and ecosystems relevant for northern Norway or adjacent sub-arctic and arctic areas. The course will also give an introduction into the use of simulation modelling
BIO-2202 Ecology project (Ecology 2 b), BIO-2102 Ecological theory (Ecology 2a)
Objective of the course
a) which interactions determine the dynamics of northern populations and what can be the wider ecosystem implications of such interactions, and
b) Strategies for management and exploitation of northern populations and ecosystems
- Give an introduction into the use of simulation models for exploring population dynamics
Give experience in critical reading of sientific papers within the field
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.
Seminars and excercises 30 h, project work 30 h
Oral exam. The project work needs to be approved.Pass/Fail. There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course.
BIO-3122 Northern populations and ecosystems 10 stp