WETS1055 Identification and ecology of zooplankton (2 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024

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Zooplankton identification and ecology


Lectures, demonstrations and practical exercises to introduce the main types of freshwater zooplankton and their identification.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, the student should be able to…..

  • identify the major zooplankton groups in freshwaters and the common species in Finnish freshwaters

  • know the life cycles of the major zooplankton groups in freshwaters

  • recognize the role of zooplankton in aquatic foodwebs

  • know the factors controlling the distribution and abundance of zooplankton in different watersheds and the structural and behavioral responses of the zooplankton to different abiotic and biotic factors 

Additional information

Maximum of 12 students. Main subject and stage of the studies are used as selection criteria.

Study materials

Short identification key

Completion methods

Method 1

Targeted to WET master´s students. Autumn semester every 2nd year ( 2021, 2023)
Evaluation criteria:
Obligatory attendance, pass/fail based on identification exam
Time of teaching:
Period 1
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Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (2 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Evaluation criteria:
Obigatory attendance, pass/fail based on species identification exam
English, Finnish
Study methods:

Compulsory attendance, identification exam

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