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Limnology and Marine Ecology - Organisms and Habitats BIOR86

15 credits

Students by river. Photo.

The aim of the course is that the student should acquire an overall view on organisms
and abiotic preconditions in aquatic systems from source to sea.

The first part of the course includes the physical and chemical properties of water, species in the different organism groups and relationships in and between populations and their environment. Effects of human impact on aquatic ecosystems are discussed.
During the second part of the course field trips to different aquatic habitats typical for southern Sweden are conducted, where the relationships between abiotic conditions and the adaptations of organisms are studied. Samples for analysis of water chemistry, microorganisms as well as plant and animal communities are collected and analyzed in the laboratory. During the practical work (carried out in project groups) the students acquire experience of the most important field and laboratory methods and knowledge of the characteristics of different aquatic environments.
During the final part of the course the students carry out an individual project. The assignment is to define a subject, search for scientific literature, write a report, give an oral presentation and receive and give feedback to fellow students.

Autumn period 1

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, 2024

Marine Ecology: Processes, Systems and Impacts (2020) Kaiser M.J., Attrill M.J., Jennings S., Thomas D., ISBN: 9780198717850

The Biology of Lakes and Ponds, 3'rd ed, (2017) Brönmark C., Hansson L.-A., Oxford University Press, ISBN-13: 978-0-19-871360-9


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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)