Postgraduate course

Early Life History of Fish

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBIO308
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Teaching semester

Every second Spring (even numbers). Next time Sping 2019. Limited capacity. More info: http://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

Objectives and Content

The course will cover central topics in early life history studies of fish. The topics are presented through lectures, presentations and discussions, and laboratory experiments. The course content and acquired skills are relevant for recruitment biology, aquaculture, hatchery production, fish development, and general larval fish ecology.

The lectures will deal with recruitment mechanisms in fish populations with emphasis on processes regulating growth and survival in the early life history of fish. The importance of early life studies of fish for management of fish resources will also be exemplified. The colloquium part will include student presentations of papers from selected topics (can vary from year to year).

The laboratory activities will give practical skills in research techniques for larval fish and basic methods for larval rearing in experimental and aquaculture environments, including live prey production. Methods for maintaining and studying early life history stages will be emphasized.

The course gives practical skills and the basis for understanding the research methods and their applications to studies of growth, development, physiology, behaviour, and ecology of fish larvae.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course BIO 308, students will have acquired:


- Have a basic understanding of major developmental events and constraints in the early life history of fish

- Have insights into the role of the physical environment on the distribution, growth, behaviour and physiology of early life stages

- Have an overview of major recruitment mechanism hypotheses underlying variations in fish population abundance

- Be familiar with the major topics and methods that form the basis for understanding the early life history of fishes

- Have an understanding of how knowledge of larval biology is applied in aquaculture settings


- Have experience with basic techniques of larval fish rearing, including live prey production

- Have experience with selected research methods used in larval fish studies to measure growth, development, physiological responses, and behaviour

- Be able to collect data and present results from larval fish studies, especially using microscopy and image analysis

- Be able to extract relevant information from larval fish studies and apply the data and knowledge to aquaculture, field, and fisheries related research

- Be able to extract and present the basic information in scientific publications dealing with early life history of fish

General competence

- Be able to follow best practise in laboratory work and laboratory animal experiments

- Apply critical thinking to scientific literature and own experience

- Show oral and written presentation skills

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

At a minimum one of the following courses: BIO203, BIO213, BIO280, BIO325, BIF200 or equivalent

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation in all course activities is required. Written laboratory reports and oral presentation of results are required.

Forms of Assessment

Participation in laboratory activities. Laboratory report . Oral exam

Grading Scale

A - F

Assessment Semester

Exam offerd in teaching semester.

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.