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Coastal Benthic Ecology



Course format On-site
Date 2020-08-10 - 2020-12-18


The course provides a thorough introduction to temperate coastal marine benthic ecosystems. The course will give more specialized insights into organisms and ecological interactions of the coastal eastern North Atlantic focusing on the Skagerrak/North Sea regions. Students will be introduced to coastal and shelf environments and benthic habitats.

Learning outcomes


Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • Understand the ecological interactions characteristic of the benthic ecosystem along the eastern Atlantic coastlines and be able to describe the dominant functional groups of this system.
  • Know the characteristics of temperate coastal ecosystems and how these differ from ecosystems of other biographical regions.
  • Be able to characterize the main marine benthic habitats, and to discuss current human influence on coastal organisms.


Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • Be able to identify the dominant benthic flora and fauna along the Agder coastline.
  • Be able to formulate hypotheses and design studies to investigate questions related to coastal ecology.

General competences

Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • Have acquired practical experience related to marine sampling and to relating field data to scientific questions.
  • Gain experience in collaboration through group work, be able to synthesize and visualize their results and to present these in a scientific format.


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