Lammi Biological Station & Tvärminne Zoological Station, University of Helsinki
Related Degree Programmes:
Master’s Programme in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
990-1490 (+ Expenses 1140. Expenses cover travel expenses to research stations, accommodation and meals at the stations. Please note that the departure flight from Stockholm Arlanda or Bromma Airport is not included.) EUR Learn more
Bachelor’s or Master’s students with basic knowledge in ecology, environmental or aquatic sciences
This course introduces students to the overall picture of environmental impact on the Baltic Sea. It will do so by analysing the role of catchment area and inland waters in the water quality and eutrophication of coastal waters. During the intensive field course the students will learn how land management, control of water pollution and ambient ecosystem dynamics affect water quality and ecosystems, and how this changes on the way from headwaters along the river basin to the Baltic Sea. The course will give a deeper understanding of the nutrient processes and their spatial and temporal dynamics in catchments and coastal areas, including transportation, modification and retention of nutrients and organic material.
After completing the course, the students have knowledge of different Finnish aquatic ecosystems from headwaters to coastal waters of the Baltic Sea. Students will have gained insights into how the land use in catchment areas affects the water quality and biology. They will also have learned basic sampling and analytical methods used in aquatic ecology.
The course contains lectures, excursions, fieldwork, group work and some laboratory work with water analyses. Excursions are made to different inland and coastal water bodies.
Articles will be handed out during the course.
Assessment is based on class participation and activity, group exercises and on completed personal essay. Students are divided into 4–5 groups. Items for group exercises and for personal essay are given at the beginning of the course. Syntheses of group exercises are presented at the stations. Assessment: participation during lectures and fieldwork 40%, group exercise 40% and essay 20%. Grading scale: 5 = excellent 4 = very good 3 = good 2 = average 1 = poor 0 = fail.
Location: Lammi Biological Station (Finland), Tvärminne Zoological Station (Finland), Askö Station (Sweden)
Monday August 7, 2017 Arrival in Helsinki
Tuesday August 8, 2017 HSS Opening ceremony & Welcome Party (afternoon)
Wednesday August 9, 2017
Thursday August 10, 2017
Friday August 11, 2017
Monday August 14, 2017
Tuesday August 15, 2017
BUS TRANSPORT TO TVÄRMINNE (EVENING)
Wednesday August 16, 2017
Thursday August 17, 2017
Friday August 18, 2017
(Field lunch and visit at Källviken nature reserved included)
Monday August 21, 2017
TRANSPORT (TRAIN) TO TURKU HARBOUR – > STOCKHOLM FERRY
Tuesday August 22, 2017
Arrival at Stockholm/Transport to the Island of Askö
Introduction to the Askö Station
Wednesday August 23, 2017
Sampling and demonstration of Askö studies in the Swedish archipelago
Thursday 24, 2017
Departure from Stockholm Arlanda or Bromma Airport. Please note that the departure flight from Stockholm Arlanda or Bromma Airport is not included in the excursion expenses.