Polar Ecosystems

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode MLMB03
Vaknaam Polar Ecosystems
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a (24-02-2020 till 14-03-2020)
ECTS 5
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Polar Ecosystems
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1.acquired a good basic knowledge on the driving forces for polar productivity, diversity and ecosystem functioning and how this is affected by climate change and other human impacts and can reproduce this.
2.give a presentation on the reading material, in which she/he can review, summarize, interpret and discuss scientific papers with fellow students and lecturers.
3.to apply the acquired knowledge to a high level of integration. For example, the student must be able to argue how climate change might impact marine benthic communities in subregions of the high Arctic, by combining knowledge across disciplines (climatology, sea ice dynamics, associated organisms and productivity).
Omschrijving The course is based on a series of lectures (22) and a reading assignment. Lectures will be given by internal (ESRIG, Arctic Centre) as well as external (NIOZ) polar experts. Topics covered are polar climatology, marine and terrestrial polar habitats, key species, effects of climate change from species to ecosystem level, and other human impacts. The second part of the course consists of a reading assignment, followed by presentations. A set of key scientific papers will be handed out to small groups of students (max 3 per group), covering as much scientific disciplines as possible. The students will need to understand, reproduce, summarize, evaluate and discuss the result and implications of the papers during a symposium, where the reading assignments will be presented. The course will be evaluated by a written examination. Examination material includes syllabus material from the lectures as well as a selection of key scientific papers.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Bijeenkomst (S), Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM)
(Lectures: 88 hours. Reading assignment: scientific reading, preparation of presentation and participation in symposium (52 hours). Total study time: 140 hours.)
Toetsvorm Presentatie (P), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(Final mark is based on written examination (open questions) on syllabus material and scientific articles from reading assignments (80%) & presentations based on reading assignments (20%). The examination mark is based on the average of the scores of all questions (equal weight).)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. W.H. van de Poll
Docent(en) prof. dr. R. Bintanja ,prof. dr. A.G.J. Buma ,dr. M.J.J.E. Loonen ,prof. dr. P.J. Palsboll ,dr. W.H. van de Poll
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Individual research papers, handouts of lecturers. €  15,00
Entreevoorwaarden For students admitted in Master programs Marine Biology, Ecology & Evolution or Biology.

The course unit is often followed by, or prepares students for, Sustainability of Polar Regions (organized by Faculty of Arts, Arctic Centre, RUG) in which the learning objectives attained are required as prior knowledge.
Opmerkingen Various lecturers internal and external (a.o. ESRIG, WBPI, AC, NIOZ, NIOO/CEME).
Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students: 20.
Lectures: 22 (88 sbu); scientific reading 52 sbu.Total study time: 140h
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Biology: Research  (Compulsory master courses) - semester II a keuze
MSc Biology: Science, Business and Policy  (Compulsory master courses) - semester II a keuze
MSc Courses for Exchange Students: Biology - semester II a verplicht
MSc Ecology and Evolution: Ecology and Conservation  (Electives/optional modules) - semester II a keuze
MSc Ecology and Evolution: Evolutionary Biology  (Electives/optional modules) - semester II a keuze
MSc Energy and Environmental Sciences  (Optional Courses) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Marine Biology: Research  (Compulsory master courses) - semester II a keuze