Fish Ecology

7.5 credits

The fish fauna is diverse. No other vertebrates, like birds, mammals, reptiles or amphibians, include more species than the bone fishes. They exhibit an impressive variety of adaptions to aquatic habitats. Their impact on aquatic communities and ecosystems is overwhelming. Further, fish populations provide valuable resources for humans throughout the world.

This course focuses on the responses of fishes to their environments and the interactions between populations in a community. The topic of the course is essential for all students interested in fish biology, fisheries, habitat management and conservation of fish populations.

The course covers both theory and practical applications of fish ecology and behavior. It includes training in best practice of both field- and laboratory methods.


The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.

The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.

In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.