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Management of Aquatic Resources in the Tropics

Tropical aquatic ecosystems like coral reefs support a large part of humanity with vital benefits, but are increasingly threatened by local and global human stressors. This course provides a systems-oriented approach to tropical aquatic ecology and natural resource management, addressing how to sustain biodiversity and human development in a changing world.

The course has a multidisciplinary focus and stretches from biology and ecology of tropical aquatic organisms and interactions between ecosystems on a seascape and catchment scale, to human dependence on nature for essential benefits (e.g. through fisheries) and impacts of local and global human stressors. This is done by gradually following the pathway of water from tropical mountain ranges to the open sea. A common theme throughout the course is to what extent detailed biological and ecological knowledge and modern principles in natural resource management can help reduce trade-offs and increase synergies (win-wins) between nature conservation and human development. Consequently, the course contains aspects of subjects as landscape ecology, environmental economy, ecotoxicology and conservation biology, alongside an ecosystems ecology approach.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The education relies on a diverse set of teaching methods including classroom and video lectures, literature seminars, group discussions, case studies, interactive games, critical film analysis, and roleplay. Active participation in most of these activities is compulsory.

    Learning outcomes

    A list of the learning outcomes can be found in the syllabus. Please find the link to the syllabus on the right side of this page.


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


    Johan Eklöf


  • 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.

    We use papers from the scientific literature and there is no mandatory course book. Papers will be provided during the course.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor for advanced level