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Boreal Forest Ecology
Department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Science
Name: Lars Hillström
Namn: Lena Hjelm
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Period for course registration: 4 november – 10 november
There will be a Course introduction, at the first meeting presenting the course literature, seminars and excursion during that first meeting. Thereafter there will be five different lectures, and the compulsory classes are seminars, excursions and student presentations.
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We are happy to welcome you to your studies in Nordic Ecology at the University of Gävle, Sweden!
Some of you will take the whole package of courses in Nordic Ecology, and some of you are taking one or a few of the courses and are combining studies studying courses at other programs, such as energy systems or business.
We will start with an introduction to all of the courses in Nordic Ecology and then start with the course Alpine Ecology. The course Aquatic ecosystems in Nordic Countries will run in parallel with Alpine Ecology during the first period (weeks 36-45) of our autumn semester, starting in the beginning of September and runs until 9th November.
The courses Boreal forest ecology and Sustainability in Nordic ecosystems will also run in parallel, during the second period (weeks 46-03), starting in week 46 and the course Sustainability in Nordic ecosystems ends with a written exam in January and the Boreal forest ecology course ends with a written exam in January.
In the different courses in Nordic Ecology there are quite a few excursions, and in most of the courses, quite a large portion of the teaching will be in different outdoor settings, such as the hike in the mountains in the Alpine Ecology course, or forest walks (sometimes in snow!) as in the Boreal forest ecology course, and in the Aquatic ecosystems course we will be going with a canoe and also do a daytrip with a boat in the Baltic sea, and we will also visit some lakes and rivers. Thus, either if you will take only one or several of these courses, we recommend you strongly to bring clothes suitable for excursions. And for those of you staying longer in the season, that is, staying for the second period, starting in beginning of November, you also will need some really warm clothes suitable for the Nordic climate.
Of special importance are wind- and rainproof clothes and good hiking boots. For the Alpine Ecology course, we will during some nights stay outdoors in tents and also spend some nights at youth hostels, so if you have own hiking equipment, such as a backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and maybe even a thermos, please bring these with you to Sweden!
If you don't have any of this equipment, and don't want to buy or maybe have not had time to buy, (or maybe don't think you will have any use of for example a sleeping pad or other of these things), it is possible to buy or rent equipment in some shops that sell and rent outdoor equipment in the city of Gävle. Please, see this web-page for locating one of those shops in Gävle, which is the one that our students use to rent things from, http://www.naturkompaniet.se/storelocator/.
If you want to rent things in this shop, they also recommend that you should reserve a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, or a bag pack as soon as you arrive to Sweden, to be sure to be able to get those things.
Regarding tents and cooking equipment, which we will use when hiking in the mountains, we will bring these on the field trips from our University.
We look forward to meeting you in Sweden!
Lars Hillström Course leader and Lecturer in Biology at the University of Gävle
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