autumn 2018

BIO-8015 Arctic Marine Pollution - 10 stp

Last changed: 29.01.2019

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Campus

Tromsø |

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway: September 1st.

Application deadline for other applicants: June 1st.

Type of course

Theoretical

Admission requirements

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:

Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries

For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document:

Proficiency in english - PhD level studies 

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.

Course contents

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.

Objective of the course

Students who have completed this course will be able to:

Knowledge:

  • 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.

Skills:

  • search for relevant scientific literature
  • read scientific publications critically
  • write an abstract
  • implement relevant study designs in ecotoxicology
  • write a scientific essay

General competence:

  • 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.

Language of instruction

English

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars

Assessment

Written essay (1/3) and oral exam (2/3). 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.

Date for examination

Essay hand in date 15.11.2018

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

Schedule

Course overlap

BIO-3009 Arctic Marine Pollution 10 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Content of all lectures and articles distributed during seminars.
Lectures Autumn 2018
First attendance: 19.09 2017.
Lectures prof. Paul Friedrich Johannes Wassmann
prof. Stefano Peruzzi
prof. Bodil Annikki Ulla Barbro Bluhm
Seminars prof. Paul Friedrich Johannes Wassmann
prof. Bodil Annikki Ulla Barbro Bluhm


Contact

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Bourgeon, Sophie


Associate professor - Arctic marine ecotoxicology
Phone: +4777646033 sophie.bourgeon@uit.no

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Tonje Engevik Eriksen


Supervisor
Phone: +4777623314 tonje.engevik.eriksen@uit.no

HOW TO APPLY

PhD students enrolled at UiT register for the course through StudentWeb

Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Choose the application code 9303 and write the course code (BIO-8015) in the remark field. You'll find a manual for SøknadsWeb here.

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.