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Course content

The course covers general fish ecology. A general textbook will be supplemented with new literature on a range of topics.

Learning outcome

The aim of the course is that the students:

  • Obtain an overview of the large morphological, behavioural and life history variability among the fishes.
  • Understand how the fishes interact with its biotic and abiotic environment.
  • Understand the ecological and evolutionary processes impacting on individuals, populations and species.
  • Get and overview of important methods and their strength and weaknesses.
  • Get an increased ability to express themself on these issues both written and orally.


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Recommended previous knowledge

Bachelor's Degree in Biology or equivalent. Good basic knowledge of ecology.

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with BIO4370 – Fish ecology (discontinued)


The participants will be exposed to lectures on general topics as well as seminars describing ongoing research by local staff or guests. Further, each participant will:

  • present and discuss one scientific paper
  • write an essay on a given topic

First lecture is mandatory.  If you can not attend the first lecture, please send a note to, before the first lecture.


Presentation of a scientific article, an essay and an oral exam. The first two parts have to be passed to take the oral exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

The presentation of an article is graded pass/fail. Essay and final oral exam is graded (A-F). The essay counts 30% and the final oral exam counts 70%, on the final grade.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


The course is only given if three or more students meet on the first lecture.

Facts about this course






Every spring

The course will not be given in 2020


Every spring

Teaching language

English if requested by exchange students, otherwise Norwegian