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The course deals with the effects of contaminants and other anthropogenic disturbances in both temperate and tropical ecosystems.

You will obtain an understanding of the transport and distribution of contaminants in the environment, their uptake into organisms, and their effects at the cellular, individual, population and ecosystem levels. The course includes a short research project and you will learn about toxicity testing methods. The course provides a solid basis for further studies and for work with environmental problems.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures, seminars, study visits, laboratory exercises, field studies, project work as well as written and oral presentations. Participation in seminars, laboratory exercises, field studies, project work, written as well as oral presentations and group education associated with this is compulsory.

    Learning outcomes

    It is expected that the student after taking the course will be able to 1) explain how different contaminants’ characteristics and the prevailing environmental conditions affect the fate of contaminants in the environment, 2) describe the basic principles for direct or indirect effects of environmental contaminants on different biological organization levels, 3) seek, evaluate, collate, and present ecotoxicological information, 4) perform and report standard toxicity tests, 5) plan, perform, analyze, and present a small research project in a group in the ecotoxicological field, and 6) assess risks with pollutants and suggest suitable measures of pollution remediation.


    Measurement of knowledge takes place through written and oral presentations as well as written and/or oral examination.


    Jonas Gunnarsson


    Tel: +46 8 16 4253

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Walker, C.H. et al. Principles of Ecotoxicology. 4th ed. Taylor & Francis 2012.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor at bachelor's level