Ecosystems in Ice Covered Waters


The course gives the students an insight into theories, tools and methods available to study the structure, dynamics and related processes of ecosystems with the sea-ice system as a model unit.

Ecological networks are typically represented by food-webs. Who is present and who affects whom directly or indirectly through feeding interactions will be highlighted using both binary and trophic food web models. Energy (and possibly carbon) transferred through the lower trophic levels will be a focal point. Lectures will deal with methods and theories related to the structure, dynamics and function of marine food webs. It will further be a focus on methods used (such as DNA tracers, stable isotopes, lipid chemistry and stomach analysis) to detect pathways. Models used in the analysis of biological networks will be introduced. The course may have a different geographical focus (Fjord, SSIZ, MSIZ, PSIZ etc.) depending on the system studied. Different sub-elements of the system will be in focus in different years.

Enrolment in a master program in biology

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity Centre in Svalbard
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline15.10.2015
ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyBiology and biochemistryEnvironmental science
Teaching placeSvalbard
Tagsecosystemsfood-webssea-ice system
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