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Population and Community Ecology BIOR69

15 credits

Student during fieldwork in the woods. Photo.

In this course we will focused on the theoretical background of population and community ecology. Various topics such as competition, predation, community ecology and trophic interactions are treated in lectures, article seminars and a literature project.

The course aims to give a deeper understanding of how to formulate hypotheses, design studies and analyse the data that result from these studies. This is done in exercises, in a regional excursion and a research project carried out during the final part of the course.

Regional excursion

The regional excursion takes place during one week in the eastern part of Skåne. Each day is spent in a particular habitat, where we identify ecological problems, formulate hypotheses and perform the appropriate studies to test these hypotheses. In the evenings, we analyse the data and present the results from the studies performed during the day.

Literature project

In the literature project, you collect and present information on a specific topic using data from scientific articles. In connection with this work, there is an exercise on how to find articles in ISI databases. The literature project is concluded with a written report and an oral presentation.


There are two exams on the course, one that tests your ability to statistically analyse ecological data and another one that tests your understanding of the subject area. In the second exam, you write the discussion part of an authentic article from which the real discussion has been removed. To pass the course you also have to take part in the exercises, the seminars, the two projects and the regional excursion.

And then…

This course is a good base for continued advanced studies within ecology and related areas, and is a pre-requisite for studying Evolutionary Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology.

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

Community Ecology, (2019) 2'nd ed, G. G. Mittelbach & B. J. McGill. , Sinauer Associates. ISBN13: 9780198835868 (paperbound)


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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)