Biodiversity research under changing climate – course in August 2020

Application to the new international course is now open! Apply online 20.1-15.4.2020.

Course information:

Dates: MON 10–FRI 21.8.2020
Organizer: University of Turku (Biodiversity Unit)
Price: 900 €
Credits: 5 ECTS
Class size: min. 10, max. 15 students

Teachers: Ilari Sääksjärvi, Jari Hänninen, Samuli Lehtonen, Mia Lempiäinen-Avci, Katja Mäkinen, Pasi Nurmi, Sirkku Häkkilä, Anna-Mari Pessi, Otso Suominen, Elina Vainio.

The aim of the course is to deepen the students’ understanding of biodiversity and its connection to climate change, as well as current research methodologies. The present massive extinction rate now caused by human activity threatens the biodiversity all over the world, while also hugely impacting the economic opportunities and vital ecosystem services.

The course introduces students to ecological interdependencies, ecosystem dynamics and trophic levels. The effects of human behaviour and scenarios for the future are discussed. Current basic research at the species level focuses on the process of species formation, the standing levels of species numbers in various higher taxonomic categories, and the phenomena of hyperdiversity and extinction proneness. The course offers insights on the characteristics of different climate zones, from equator to the Arctic, from marine to terrestrial and aerobiological biomes.

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