AB-320 Arctic Marine Zooplankton (10 ECTS)

Hauling of zooplankton net in front of glacier

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ID:
AB-320
CREDITS:
10 ECTS
START DATE:
August 2018
END DATE:
September 2018
COURSE PERIOD:
Autumn semester (August–September), every second year. Next course: 2018
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION:
English
CREDIT REDUCTION/OVERLAP:
10 ECTS with AB-820
GRADE:
Letter grade (A through F)
COURSE MATERIAL:
Primary scientific literature. 300–350 pages in addition to lectures
COURSE COSTS:
Scientific cruise: Ca. NOK 3000 (ca. 15 days x NOK 200 per overnight stay)
COURSE CAPACITY MIN/MAX:
9/18 students (AB-320/820 in total)
EXAMINATION SUPPORT MATERIAL:
Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
15 April 2018

INSTRUCTORS:

Jørgen Berge (photo: UiT)
Jørgen Berge
Adjunct Professor in Arctic Marine biology

Course requirements:

Enrolment in a master programme in biology and knowledge similar to AB-202 Arctic Marine Biology.

Academic content:

The students will gain insight into the taxonomy, biogeography and ecology of the main zooplankton species in Svalbard waters and the polar basin North of Svalbard. The course has a special emphasis on hands-on identification of zooplankton as well as processes important for understanding the Arctic ecosystem.

Lectures deal with identification of zooplankton species, life history traits of arctic zooplankton, trophic interactions and vertical migration (both seasonal and diel). The practical fieldwork will be designed by the teachers and implemented into the course. It will vary from year-to-year depending on selection of research projects by the lecturers.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge
Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • Have thorough knowledge of common Arctic marine zooplankton species found in Svalbard waters, and the oceanographic and ecological interactions that determine their spatial and temporal abundance patterns.
  • Understand food-web interactions in the pelagic zone, how zooplankton communities impact ecosystem function, and the impacts of climatic change and human activities on zooplankton community patterns.

Skills
Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • Be capable of operating common sampling gears for zooplankton, and treating/processing zooplankton samples.
  • Hold skills gained by practical experience in the use of acoustics for detecting and analyzing biomass and movements of biomass.
  • Be able to conduct univariate and multivariate statistical analysis of plankton data.

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • Have the ability to use scientific literature, lecture material, and shipboard experience to develop and test hypotheses about Arctic marine zooplankton.
  • Have the ability to select appropriate sampling methods, to construct sampling plans, and to prepare data for discussion and evaluation in the context of the study hypotheses.

Learning activities:

The course extends over 4–5 weeks including compulsory safety training, and is run in combination with AB-820.

One-week theoretical introduction and preparation of field activities will be followed by a two-week research cruise. During this cruise, sampling will be conducted in different localities around Svalbard (fjord and off-shelf). The last part of the course (around 2 weeks) will contain lab exercises focused on species identification and other relevant analysis of the collected material on which a lab report will be submitted.

Total lecture hours:  30 hours.
Laboratory work/exercises/seminars:  30 hours.
Scientific cruise:  Ca. 2 weeks

Compulsory learning activities:

Field excursions, laboratory report, oral presentation of report.
All compulsory learning activities must be approved in order to sit the exam.

Assessment:

Method Duration
Percentage of final grade
 Practical exam  3 hours 50%
 Written exam  5 hours 50%

All assessments must be passed in order to pass the course.

Application deadline: 15 April 2018

Gutting fish aboard ship

AB-320 students gut fish caught on the course cruise. Photo: Malin Daase.

Hauling of zooplankton net in front of glacier

Hauling of zooplankton net on the AB-320 course cruise. Photo: Malin Daase.

CONTACT INFO

The University Centre in Svalbard
Telephone: +47 79 02 33 00
Fax: +47 79 02 33 01
E-mail: post@unis.no / webmaster@unis.no
Address: P.O. Box 156 N-9171 Longyearbyen
Org. no. 985 204 454

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