Evolution and Biodiversity, 15 ECTS

First level

Description

The course aims to give a wide insight into modern evolutionary theory and to give an evolutionary perspective on both current and past biodiversity patterns. The course aims for a broad knowledge in evolutionary patterns and processes, and it int…

The course aims to give a wide insight into modern evolutionary theory and to give an evolutionary perspective on both current and past biodiversity patterns. The course aims for a broad knowledge in evolutionary patterns and processes, and it interacts with several disciplines such as ecology, ethology, genetics, and systematics. The emphasis will be on theoretical comprehension, reflection and discussion throughout the course. Course period: November-January.

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Subject

Biology

Biology means the study of life and living organisms including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, diversity, their interaction with their environment and their presence in time and space. There are many subdivisions and topics within Biology such as: molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, genetics, botany, zoology, ethology, faunistics, floristics and ecology. An education in biology not only gives you basic knowledge in biology, but also an understanding of relationships between structure and function on various biological levels and it also gives you a grasp of the processes that control the evolution of the organism. Biology is an experimental subject, meaning it alternates theoretical studies with practical exercises such as laboratory work and field trips. Examples of laboratory work include analyzing DNA molecules, producing bacteria or studying preparations of various tissues under a microscope. Dissections and experiments with living organisms are a part of an education in biology, however, an option without animal experiments within the zoology moments is also available. You will be able to study animals and plants in their natural habitats as well as participate in practical ecological field work through different field trips and excursions. Stockholm University has access to three field stations located in interesting nature areas: Tovetorp in Södermanland, Askö in Trosa Archipelago and Tjärnö on the west coast of Sweden.

Biology

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