Baltic Sea Ecosystem: Applications, Modeling and Management, 15 credits

About the education

This course will provide students in environmental or marine science a complete overview about all aspects of ‘ecosystem management’. The students will actively participate in all parts of the process starting with data assimilation, ecosystem modeling and future predictions, and ending with drawing conclusions and recommending management measures.

The aim is that the students will gain a deeper understanding of both how to collect, analyze and model data from marine ecosystems and how these scientific data can be translated into management policy decisions. This is important whether the student will continue within environmental science or work with management aspects in society.

The course will consist of 4 blocks, containing lectures, practical work and dialogue meetings with people working in different authorities.

A tentative outline of the course:

1) Theory: Science and Policy: Introductory lectures + introduction to modeling (2 weeks). This module will be finalized with a written exam.

2.) Fieldwork: Sampling and statistics (3 weeks). At our field station on Askö.

3) Indicators, modeling and scenario predictions (3 weeks)

4) Science communication and policy implementation (2 weeks)

Subject: Biology

Biology means the study of life and living organisms including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, diversity, their interaction with their environment and their presence in time and space.

There are many subdivisions and topics within Biology such as: molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, genetics, botany, zoology, ethology, faunistics, floristics and ecology.

An education in biology not only gives you basic knowledge in biology, but also an understanding of relationships between structure and function on various biological levels and it also gives you a grasp of the processes that control the evolution of the organism.

Biology is an experimental subject, meaning it alternates theoretical studies with practical exercises such as laboratory work and field trips. Examples of laboratory work include analyzing DNA molecules, producing bacteria or studying preparations of various tissues under a microscope. Dissections and experiments with living organisms are a part of an education in biology, however, an option without animal experiments within the zoology moments is also available.

You will be able to study animals and plants in their natural habitats as well as participate in practical ecological field work through different field trips and excursions. Stockholm University has access to three field stations located in interesting nature areas: Tovetorp in Södermanland, Askö in Trosa Archipelago and Tjärnö on the west coast of Sweden.

Area of interest: Science and Mathematics

Science and mathematics help us understand how the world around us is connected – from the origin and structure of the universe, to the development and function of humanity and all other organisms on earth.

Scientific knowledge makes it possible to critically examine the credibility of information in different areas of everyday life, society, and the media.

As a scientist or mathematician, you will be attractive on a large job market that covers all parts of society and includes everything from pure technology companies to environment and healthcare, as well as research.

Department responsible for education

Department of Biology Education