BIO-8015 Arctic Marine Pollution - 10 ECTS
PhD students or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that there are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.
Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you see the following list:
For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document:
PhD students register for the course through StudentWeb. The registration for autumn semester starts in the middle of June.
Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Application code 9303.
Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course.
The course focuses upon principles of ecotoxicology (contaminant transport, uptake by organisms, effects). Classes of pollutants of concern in Arctic environments as well as other man made impacts (eutrophication, acidification). Pollutants are introduced along with their presence/effects in Arctic environments and in relation to climate change impacts and environmental management.
The course is based on the same lectures as BIO-3009, in addition to writing a scientific essay to deepen understanding of pollution and ecotoxicology in Arctic ecosystems. The topic of the essay is defined together with each student and the course responsible.
Students who have completed this course will be able to:
- describe the specificity of Arctic ecosystems.
- know the main types of pollution (persistent organic pollutants, microplastics, radioactivity, heavy metals and hydrocarbons) and explain their occurrence/transport in the Arctic.
- understand the accumulation of contaminants in biota, their trophic transfer and biotransformation.
- describe the effects of pollutants at the individual (physiology), population and ecosystem levels.
- have an understanding of environmental monitoring of pollutants, risk assessment and environmental management in Arctic regions.
- have a basic knowledge of climate change, ocean acidification, impacts of aquaculture.
- search for relevant scientific literature
- read scientific publications critically
- write an abstract
- implement relevant study designs in ecotoxicology
- write a scientific essay
- have a holistic understanding of marine pollution issues in Arctic environments.
- utilize scientific literature to identify information needed to understand, interpret and critically evaluate ecotoxicology-related data
- demonstrate an understanding of legal, regulatory, and ethical considerations relating to ecotoxicology within the broader societal context.
- develop their scientific writing skills
- communicate clearly and concisely their knowledge concerning the fundamentals in the basic areas of Arctic marine ecotoxicology.
HOW TO APPLY
PhD students enrolled at UiT register for the course through StudentWeb.
Remember to upload documentation of your education or documentation of your status as a PhD student. Applicants who can document their status as a PhD student are exempt to pay the semester fee.