Arctic Environmental Toxicology (PhD)

Arctic species have evolved biochemical, physiological and ecological traits specific for surviving in the harsh Arctic environment. Pollutants can be toxic, or interfere with biological processes through other mechanisms, thus reducing their fitness and causing resultant changes in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

Effects can occur at all biological organization levels, from the subcellular level to the ecosystem level.


Specific topics:

  • Uptake, biotransformation and excretion of pollutants in Arctic organisms

  • Effects of pollutants in organisms in relation to the specific Arctic environmental conditions

  • Effects of pollutants on organismal acclimatization and adaptations to the Arctic environment

  • How effects can propagate from the subcellular level to population, community and ecosystem levels

  • How climate change and pollutants may interact in affecting Arctic organisms and ecosystems

  • Specific ecotoxic effects of the major classes of pollutants, such as persistent organic pollutants, heavy metals, petroleum oil, and novel man-made pollutants, on Arctic organisms

  • The susceptibility of Arctic organisms and ecosystems to pollutants as compared to other organisms and ecosystems

  • Effects of pollutants on humans in the Arctic

Course details

Academic level(s)PhD
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity Centre in Svalbard
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline15.10.2014
ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyBiology and biochemistryEnvironmental scienceEngineering and engineering trades (others)
Teaching placeSvalbard
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