BIO-3506 Top predators - theoretical - 7 ECTS
The course is also given with a version that includes an excursion BIO-3506 (10 ECTS).
This is the theoretical (only lectures and seminars) part of BIO-3506, given 7 ECTS. Polar bears, seals, whales and seabirds are important components of marine ecosystems. The course aims to give an overview of and insight into the biology, ecology, management and harvest of these top predators, primarily in Norwegian and adjacent waters. In addition, social structure, demography and reproduction of selected species will be reviewed.
There will be particular emphasis on the feeding behavior and ecological importance of these marine top predators, both with examples from Norwegian and adjacent waters and from other ecosystems. Man-made influences (climate change, pollutants, fisheries, etc.) will also be discussed.