autumn 2016

BIO-3505 Ecological Interactions - 10 stp

Last changed: 08.04.2017

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Concerns only admission to singular courses:
Applicants from Nordic countries:
1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.
Exchange students 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 Freshwater Ecology.The course is available as a singular course.

Due to fieldcourse, the maximum number of participants is 12. Master students in Biology will be prioritized.

Admission requirements

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

Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.

Course contents

The course deals with ecological interactions with special emphasize on aquatic systems and freshwater fish. Predation, competition and parasitism are central topics, and essential principles and theories in relation to these interactions will be explained. The dynamic aspects of the interactions are focused, also considering effects of heavy exploitation, species introductions and other kind of biomanipulations. Lessons include a combination of lectures presenting basic theory, and seminars for discussions of relevant publications. The seminars are compulsory and based on thorough preparations from the students.

Recommended prerequisites

BIO-1005 Ecology and Evolution, BIO-2503 Freshwater Ecology

Objective of the course

Students that have completed Bio-3505 Ecological interactions:
  • Have knowledge and insight to central topics in community ecology
  • Have knowledge and in-depth understanding of ecological interactions with special emphasis on competition, predation and parasitism and their interrelationships
  • Can explain and describe the use of key ecological concepts and theory related to competitive exclusion principle, ecological niche, biodiversity, biological invasions, food webs, trophic cascades and biomanipulations
  • Can read and understand scientific literature
  • Have experience in presenting and discussing scientific topics in plenary sessions
  • Can give oral and written presentations of problems concerning this field of science

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars and field course. 


Term thesis and oral examination. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail. There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.  


Course overlap

BIO-308 Fish ecology - ecological interactions 10 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Syllabus and reading list will be announced prior to course start.
Lectures Autumn 2016
First attendance: 17.08.16.Due to fieldcourse, the maximum number of participants is 12. Master students in Biology will be prioritized.
Lecture prof. Per Arne Amundsen
f.aman. Roar Kristoffersen
prof. Rune Knudsen
Seminar prof. Per Arne Amundsen
prof. Rune Knudsen
Field course prof. Per Arne Amundsen
prof. Rune Knudsen
Colloqium prof. Per Arne Amundsen


Andreassen, Siv

Student advisor
Phone: +4777646381


Per-Arne Amundsen

Professor in freshwater ecology
Phone: +4777644539