Polar Ecosystems

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WMMB009-05
Vaknaam Polar Ecosystems
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a (28-02-2022 till 20-03-2022)
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 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, passing this exam is mandatory. Examination material includes material from the lectures as well as a selection of key scientific papers.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Bijeenkomst (S), Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM)
Toetsvorm Presentatie (P), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(Final mark is based on both Examination and Presentation of reading assignment weighted according to: 70% mark examination; 30% mark presentation). 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 , Gastdocent(en) ,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.
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired from major Ecology and Evolution, major Biology.

The course unit is an elective in the Ecology and Evolution, Marine Biology or Biology Masters Tracks at RUG. Also external students (UU, VU for example) are admitted provided that students have a similar background to RUG students.

Max. 20 students
Opmerkingen Guest lecturer: R. Middag (NIOZ)
Opgenomen in
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