The course will provide a broad introduction to how terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in the Arctic have developed, are structured and will function under various environmental conditions as well as a deeper understanding of important groups of organisms, their life cycles, adaptations to arctic conditions and how they interact. The ecosystems responses to climate changes and to direct human activities (e.g., hunting, fishing, tourism and exploration of minerals) will be demonstrated and debated.
The course addresses students and academics from any disciplines and a prior understanding of basic life sciences will be an advandtage. However, care will be taken to implement a good understanding of basic biological terminology and approaches to enable the students a profound understanding of the arctic ecological processes and paradigms at an academic level.
The course is structured with forth running lectures, theoretical/practical exercises and excursions to museum collections of minerals, flora and fauna. Invited guest lectures will provide insight to management and monitoring aspects. The students will furthermore be challenged through own (mandatory) presentations (individually and in groups) of relevant arctic issues.