NOVA PhD course: "Arctic Entomology under Climate Change"

The course is the second part of NOVA (The Nordic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural University Network) PhD course series "Climate Change Entomology in the North" which is scheduled for 2017-2019. The course will take place 20-24 August 2018 in Gunnarsholt, the headquarters of the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland, Hella, Iceland.


The series "Climate Change Entomology in the North" focuses on the fundamental and drastic demands in agricultural entomology in the Nordic countries, caused primarily by climate change. The effects of climate change are occurring at a faster and stronger rate in the Arctic than elsewhere in the globe. We are already observing changes in phenology, species distributions and ecological interactions in natural and agricultural systems in the North. Given the short growing seasons, agricultural production at high latitudes may benefit from a warmer Arctic, but so will insect pests from lower latitudes that will be able to expand northwards. In this course, we will explore the consequences of ongoing and predicted environmental changes on Arctic entomofauna, from individual to community responses, and the implications to agriculture and forestry.

The effects of climate change are occurring at a faster and stronger rate in the Arctic than elsewhere in the globe. We are already observing changes in phenology, species distributions and ecological interactions in natural and agricultural systems in the North. Given the short growing seasons, agricultural production at high latitudes may benefit from a warmer Arctic, but so will insect pests from lower latitudes that will be able to expand northwards. In this course, we will explore the consequences of ongoing and predicted environmental changes on Arctic entomofauna, from individual to community responses, and the implications to agriculture and forestry.

Course details

Academic level(s)PhD
CountryIceland
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity of Helsinki
Begin date20.08.2018
End date24.08.2018
Registration deadline31.05.2018
ECTS credits3.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyAgriculture, forestry and fishery (broad programmes)
Teaching placeGunnarsholt
Teaching term
Tagsecosystemsbiologyclimate changephdagricultureentomology
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