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Ecotoxicology BIOR41

15 credits

Group of students by a riverside. Photo.

The course Ecotoxicology is aiming to provide understanding and practical knowledge of the fate, uptake and effects of anthropogenic pollutants in the environment.

We study and apply ecotoxicological theories, models, and common methods and approaches concerning: fate of pollutants in the environment using fugacity based multimedia partitioning models; uptake and accumulation using models of bioconcentration and biomagnification, and effects on different levels of biological organisation: cellular, organism, population and ecosystem using ecotoxicologigal test methods with different endpoints. Learning activities are in the form of lectures, laborations, modelling excercises and seminars.


You perform two research projects during the course. A one-week laboration practicing ecotoxicological test methods using simpler, short-term, standardized test methods, and a longer three-week laboration testing effects on populations, communities and ecosystems. The latter is designed and planned by the students using tools and concepts aquired from scientific methodology earlier during the course. The projects are presented orally and in writing after completion. The aim is to learn and practice hypothesis testing, experimental design and scientific communication and presentation technique, plus to perform and interpret ecotoxicological test methods and approaches using different endpoints and degrees of complexity.


The understanding of ecotoxicology will be tested in a written exam at the end of the course. In addition, project work and presentations make up a part of the final grading of the students.

And then...

The course provides a solid basis for further studies and for work with environmental issues regarding pollutants, in industry, municipalities, county administrative boards or authorities. The course is a prerequisite and provides the theoretical foundation for BIOR52 Applied ecotoxicology.

Autumn period 2

Full-time, on campus, in English


You will find information about application, prerequisites and the syllabus at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature, 2023

Principles of Ecotoxicology (2012) Walker, C.H., Hopkin, S.P., Sibly, R.M. & Peakall, D.B. 4 edition, Taylor & Francis, NY. ISBN-13: 9781439862667


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You will find the latest evaluation on our web page with course evaluations.


Lotta Persmark, Study advisor, biology and bioinformatics

Telephone: +46 46 222 37 28
EmailLotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se (Lotta[dot]Persmark[at]biol[dot]lu[dot]se)