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Biodiversity: Patterns and Processes

The purpose of this course is to examine global, regional and local diversity in plants and animals.

It will cover geographic patterns, biodiversity estimates and different threats to diversity. This course will provide a deeper knowledge about processes that affect biodiversity, such as speciation, productivity, history, selection and disturbance. Anthropogenic impact of biodiversity will be discussed and how this will interacts with economic and ethical issues.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures, seminars, individual or group work, and written and /or oralpresentations. Participation in seminars, group work, oral presentation and group education associated with this 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.


    Examination takes place through written and/or oral examination.


    Peter Hambäck


  • 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.

    Gaston, K.J. and Spicer,  J.I. Biodiversity: an introduction. 2:nd ed. Blackwell publishing 2008. ISBN 978-1-4051-1857-6.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor for advanced level