Arctic Ecology and Population Biology


The course gives an introduction to the challenges that various organisms meet when living in the Arctic, and describes how individuals adapt to and populations and communities are affected by the arctic environment.

The concept of food-webs will be introduced. The fundamentals of population dynamics are presented, emphasizing single species dynamics, trophic interactions, and effects of environmental changes in time and space (climate, habitat heterogeneity). The adaptations to life in the arctic will be introduced looking particularly at life-history parameters and reproductive strategies. Past and future effects of climate change on the ecology and population biology of Arctic organisms will be discussed. The theories presented will be exemplified with case studies from various Arctic organisms. An introduction to Arctic field and lab studies will be given to illustrate different aspects of ecology and population biology.

60 ECTS within general natural sciences, of which 30 ECTS within the field of biology

Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity Centre in Svalbard
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline15.04.2014
ECTS credits15.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyBiology and biochemistryEnvironmental scienceLife science (broad programmes)
Teaching placeSvalbard
Tagsarcticecologyenvironmental changeorganismsfood-webs
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