Marine and estuarine ecosystems play a central role in the health of our planet. This course examines the key ecological processes that shape and maintain marine communities, and how healthy marine ecosystems are affected by e.g. overfishing, eutrophication, habitat modification and rapid climate change. Topics to be covered will include: biogeochemical cycling and productivity, marine population and community ecology, biogeography, sustainable management and conservation. Students will gain first-hand experience in quantitative data collection and analysis, experimental design and field work in the Baltic Sea. This course is at the advanced level and has focus on critical thinking, experimental design and communication of results. The course will provide the student with knowledge and skills required for both a carrier in and outside academia. The course can be taken in parallel to Freshwater Ecology, Advanced Level and Fish Ecology, Advanced Level.
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.