autumn 2015

BIO-3526 Marine Botany I - 10 ECTS

Last changed: 10.02.2016

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.

Exchange and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Master course for biology students - principally aimed at MSc-students specializing in "Marine Ecology and Resource Biology¿. The course is available as a singular course.

Admission requirements

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

Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) in biology or equivalent qualification in biology.

Course content

  • Geophysical growth regime of northern phytoplankton(hydrophysics, elements and irradiance)
  • Communities and dynamics (species composition, taxonomy, ice flora, bloom dynamics)
  • Selected themes, e.g. biological pump,usefulness of field research, is Sverdrup dead

Recommended prerequisites

BIO-2010 Marine Ecology, BIO-3504 Production and Growth in Polar Areas

Objectives of the course

The course deals with important basic (classical) aspects of high latitude phytoplankton, i.e. the species of northern microalgae communities and characteristics of the environment they thrive in. Included is a survey of the hydrophysical and phytoplankton literature of the Norwegian Coast northwards from the Arctic Circle.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course comprise 9 main lectures (2 hrs.) plus 1 hr. seminar folowing each lecture. The students shall prepare thoroughly to each lecture and also organize the seminars (1 hr.). At least 2 of the main teachers are present at each seminar. The syllabus literature (36 review articles) will be handed out


Oral exam. Grade: Pass/Fail.

Coursework requirements: Written project - must be approved in order to be able to take the ordinary or re-sit written examination.

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


Recommended reading/syllabus

Syllabus is 36 review articles (3 from each theme). In addition participation/preparation of seminars.

Syllabus and reading list will be announced prior to course start.


Hans C. Eilertsen

Professor. Oceanography and phytoplankton.
Phone: +4777644540
Mobile: 97522793


Siv Andreassen

Head of office
Phone: +4777646381