Alpine Ecology 4501


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


The following topics will be covered:

  • Alpine soil
  • Identification of alpine plants
  • Gradients in plant distribution
  • Primary succession in glacier forelands
  • Biotic impacts on alpine vegetation
  • Physiological adaptions of alpine plants
  • Alpine vegetation, production and phenology
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Terrestrial animal/bird populations

Arbeids- og læringsformer

Lectures, excursions, and
30 h lectures, 6 days excursions 10 h laboratory work.
Teaching medium is English.

The students will be charged for some expenses for transport and housing during the excursions.


Species identification exam (25%); individual, written 4-hour final examination (75%).

Det tas forbehold om mindre justeringer i planen.

Publisert av / forfatter Arvid Odland <>, sist oppdatert av Anette Norheim Fredly - 17.12.2014