APS 343 Arctic Ecosystems Field Course

Level 3
Semester 1 (Summer Vacation)
Credits 10
Pre/Co Requisites -
Restrictions Only available to Animal and Plant Science Students
Teaching Staff Dr Jonathan Graves, Dr Gareth Phoenix
Co-ordinator Dr Jonathan Graves


This residential field course will carry out field work at the Abisko Research Station, in northern Sweden, which is a centre for arctic research. Students will be introduced to different habitats and their biodiversity in northern Sweden. A major focus of the course is to understand the nature of different arctic ecosystems and the environmental and biotic factors that control them. Students will carry out field exercises (e.g. ecology, boreal/arctic biology, animal behaviour, insect-plant interactions, biodiversity), identify organisms, and carry out a project which has been devised with assistance of staff.


• Observe and measure organisms in natural habitats.
• Devise field projects and work in teams to collect and analyse field data to solve specific ecological or biological problems.
• Present field data in both written and verbal (seminar) form.
• Identify, and have a knowledge of, some of the key groups of organisms in boreal/arctic environments.
• Understand key biological and ecological processes operating in sub-arctic environments.
• Understand the impact of climate change on Arctic Ecosystems

Delivery Method: Residential Field course at Abisko Research Station in Swedish Lapland. 12 days in total with 3 days travel time and 8.5 days of coursework.

Student Contact Hours: 80

Assessment Method: Project report and verbal presentation

Assessment Weighting: 80% Project Report, 20% Presentation

TurnItIn Submission: None

Feedback: Students will receive feedback frequently during the Field Course and written feedback will be available on your Field Course Write Up during December

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