Date : recurring


Course description
This course will include two options running in parallel groups.
One provides training in identification of Boreal and Arctic groups of flowering plants and another is in collection and identification of main groups of insects with a focus on Diptera. The course will take place in Skibotn area with remarkably high species number for such northern latitudes (68-69 degrees N) challenging the general concept that species richness decreases as latitude increases. Daily excursions to both lowland and mountain habitats will be combined with practical work in the class to identify the collected materials using the identification keys and learn diagnostic characters of plant and insect taxa.

Practical experience with morphology based species identification is in high demand in both basic and applied biological research. You will study applied taxonomy, acquire identification and field collection skills, as well as learn how to prepare and mount the specimens for preservation in museum collections.

This course is accredited by the University of Tromsø as amounting 2.5 ECTS. Course code Bio-8024. See pervious course description here
Please be aware that this is a last year version of the course. UiT webpages were not yet updated for the next semester.

Performance during the practical parts of the course and a practical exam (pass/or fail), which will be arranged on the last day of the course.

The exam will consist of identification of specimens using keys and documenting the distinct morphological characters of the specimens that are used to classify it to taxa at different taxonomic levels. For entomology group the assessment will include mouting and identification of own collections.


Dr. Andy Sortland
Dr. Andy Sortland

University of Tromsø

Dr. Galina Gussarova
Dr. Galina Gussarova

University of Tromsø and University of Oslo

Dr. Elisabeth Stur
Dr. Elisabeth Stur

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Dr. Jostein Kjærandsen
Dr. Jostein Kjærandsen

University of Tromsø

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Skibotn field station, University of Tromsø, Storfjord, Troms, North Norway

Participant quota:
Max. 15 people

Travel to Tromsø has to be booked separately but the bus to the field station, the accommodation, and meals are included.

Payment deadline and details will be provided upon acceptance to the course

ForBio is the organiser of this course and provides financial support. It will cover the registration fee and travel costs for members registered at Scandinavian universities and research institutes.

* Application deadline closed

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