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Marine Ecosystem Dynamics

To counteract known and future environmental problems, knowledge of ecological interactions and effects of human activity is needed. This course provides a broad overview of the theoretical, practical and applied aspects of ecosystem dynamics in the marine environment.

Man in a life jacket and blue hat on a boat is lifting a large filter with a crane.
Photo: Monika Quinones Winder

On this course central concepts will be considered using the Baltic Sea at the Askö laboratory and the North Sea at the Tjärnö laboratory as specific examples. Processes central in coastal and open water environments will be a focus, including marine environmental monitoring and practical applications.

An overarching goal is to provide insights about the theoretical frameworks and the research processes that are used to understand and manage marine ecosystems.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The format of the course will be a project-based learning approach with few formal lectures. You will work on projects individually and as a group together to define the project questions, gather the required data and background information, interpret and synthesize the results. You will gain experience in how to gather scientific information and how to communicate the information orally to others in the course, in presentations and in written reports.

    The course includes teaching at two marine field stations. The first field stay will be at the Baltic Sea Askö laboratory, south of Stockholm. The second field stay will be on the Swedish west coast, the Sven Lovén Centre at Tjärnö.

    Read about Askö laboratory

    Read about Tjärnö Marine Laboratory


    Students will be evaluated based on the presentation of project work, report writing and written examination.


    Monika Quinones Winder
    Phone: +46 709 988 566

  • 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.

    No mandatory course literature.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor for advanced level