BENS5109 Boreal winter ecology (2 cr)

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



The course deals with dynamics in physical and biotic environment in boreal and subarctic winter, individual and population level adaptation to cold environment and effects of climate change on individuals and populations. Specifically lectures, demonstrations and field work focus on snow ecology, plant adaptations to winter conditions and effects of climate change on boreal and arctic vegetation, small mammal and bird adaptations to winter and life under ice. The course week includes an excursion to a national park using cross-country skis (skis for foreign participants are available at site, possibility for walking exists if skiing is not familiar) and every student should prepare a short presentation on a selected topic related to seasonality and winter in the students’ home country.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course the student:
- understands through lectures, seminars and field work the basis of boreal winter ecology especially for vertebrates and plants
- learns to observe and evaluate how winter and snow cover affect animals and plants
- learns how species have adapted to boreal winter conditions
- learns to work in the winter conditions

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (2 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Study methods:

Lectures and student presentations will be incorporated into the program.