The course integrates zoology and botany and deals with ecological and evolutionary theories, and experimental design / statistics, with special emphasis on marine organisms. The course aims to use the ecological and evolutionary theories as models and predictive tools to formulate hypotheses that are then tested in supervised group work. The course offers a good preparation for the independent degree project because it deals with all aspects of the research process (critical evaluation of previous literature, formulating testable hypotheses, design and execution of experiments, statistical analysis, and written and oral presentation of results).
This course is partly given at Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure at Tjärnö, near Strömstad.
BIO266, Marine Biodiversity, 15 credits is recommended but not a requirement.