The course will give an overview over northern tempered and boreal ecosystems. On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
Account for important groups of organisms and prominent species in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and how they are adapted to the environment
give basic explanations for how the structures of the ecosystems are influenced by climates, physical factors and human impact.
apply basic field methods
Climate and geology, postglacial development, biogeography, vegetation zones. Abiotic factors (terrestrial, aquatic) and basic soil science. Human impact on the ecosystems. Species composition, lifeforms and adaptations in the most prominent ecosystems (coniferous forests, deciduous forest, cultivated land, bogs, lakes, the sea). Basic field methods for analysis of organism groups.
Lectures, seminars and field exercises.
To pass the course, active participation in the field exercises and passed group presentation (3 credits) and passed individually written report (2 credits) is required.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.