Alpine Ecology 4501

Learning outcome

After completing course, the students should have the following qualification regarding knowledge, skill and general competence:

  • Have knowledge about important environmental conditions in alpine areas in Scandinavia
  • Have knowledge about the main vegetation types and their distribution in Scandinavia
  • Have knowledge about the distribution and occurrence of the main animals and bird species in Scandinavia
  • Be able to identify common alpine plants
  • Be able to perform vegetation analyses of alpine communities
  • Be able to perform studies to evaluate population sizes of small rodents and grouse
  • Experience with gill-net finhing to evaluate trout growth and population size

Course Description

The following topics will be covered:

  • Knowledge about alpine plants and alpine ecosystems
  • Alpine soils, their classification and development
  • Effects of temperature and snow for alpine plants
  • Biotic impacts on alpine vegetation
  • Primary succession in glacier forelands
  • Physiological adaptions of alpine plants
  • Alpine vegetation production and phenology
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Terrestrial animal/bird populations

Assessment Methods

Species indentification exam 25 %, written 4-hour final examination 75%.

The students may be charged for som expenses for transport and housing during excursions

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Arvid Odland <>, last modified Anette Norheim Fredly - 07/01/2013