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Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBIO348
  • Number of semesters1
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Teaching semester

Spring, every other year (odd years).

This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

You will receive confirmation of whether you received a spot in Studentweb no later than Tuesday the week after the deadline.

The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on the Mitt UiB learning platform.

The course runs only if enough students enrol.

Objectives and Content

This is a course to gain fundamental understandings of terrestrial ecosystem ecology, particularly focusing on the cycles of energy, water, carbon, and nutrients. Additionally, the course emphasizes the central processes that characterize terrestrial ecosystems such as tracing the flow of water, carbon and nutrients from their abiotic origins to the cycles through plants, animals, and decomposer organisms. Ultimately, the course aims to establish fundamental knowledge on terrestrial ecosystem ecology for future applications of the knowledge towards problems in Earth System and climate change as well as ecosystem sustainability.

The course consists of lectures based on the textbook 'Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology' and discussions. The discussion topics consist of scientific articles to career development for future research scientists such as CV writing, presentation skills, popular science writing, and reviewing a manuscript for a journal. Student involvement is essential, therefore, the students are required to give lectures, lead discussions, and submit written assignments throughout the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the students should gain confidence on

  • Fundamental concepts on the cycles of energy, water, carbon, and nutrients in terrestrial ecosystems.
  • Applications of knowledge on ecosystem ecology towards Earth System, climate change, and ecosystem sustainability.
  • Oral and poster presentation skills.
  • Writing and reviewing both popular science and scientific journal articles.
  • Future career as a well trained ecologist.

Grading Scale

Pass / Fail.

Course Evaluation

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