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Basic Hydrobiology and Fish Biology

Basic Hydrobiology and Fish Biology

Title Basic Hydrobiology and Fish Biology (International Study Programme in Environmental Science and Forestry)
Institute responsible for organization University of Joensuu (Jussi Kukkonen)

Contact person: Prof. Ismo J. Holopainen, Room 262, Natura Building, tel. +358-13-251-3553, telefax: +358 13 251 3590, email: 

Objectives Understanding the fundamentals of the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems in Finland, and the main research methods used in hydrobiology and fish biology.

Lectures: (I) Hydrological cycle, water balance, and the history and present state of Finnish lakes and rivers; (II) Chemistry and physics of water and water bodies: optical properties, temperature, dissolved gases, ions and nutrients, pH, and water quality registration; lake types; (III) Biology of Finnish water bodies; structure of lake ecosystems: grazing food chain and microbial loop; (IV) Fish biology: faunal history, fish population dynamics, food and feeding, and energy budgets; (V) Practical fisheries, management, and aquaculture; and (VII) Fisheries organisation and legislation in Finland.

Background necessary Two years of basic science studies and a field course in ecology (for example Field Course in Ecology 140146).
Place University of Joensuu, Faculty of Biosciences
Duration (h) Lectures (20 hours), optional exercises (28 hours), literature (8 hours), and a final examination. Lectures and the reading material yield two (2) credits and the optional exercises one (1) additional credit. Grading for satisfactory work is from 1 up to 5.
ECTS 2-3
Time November 2007, exercises in January 2008.
Max number of participants 16 in exercises. Approximately 50% of these positions can be filled by non-degree students, with preference given to students whose specialising studies (major) are related to this course.