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The courses give students an opportunity to receive instruction by acknowledged researchers in the field, and get valuable field work experience in an international atmosphere. The language of instruction in all the courses is English. The courses are intensive one week courses at an advanced level. Below you will find descriptions of the courses. Please be aware that the course information is still tentative and subject to change. The information will be updated on this website as further details become available. The Jyväskylä Winter School of Ecology is organized 11th – 23rd February 2019, consisting the following courses and one workshop:

Boreal Winter Ecology

JYU code: BENS5109 
Credits: 2 ECTS
Time: 11.–15.2.2019
Location: Konnevesi Research Station
Course coordinator: Prof. Hannu Ylönen
Lecturers: Prof. Hannu Ylönen (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Sirpa Rasmus (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Jonna Kuha (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Matti Häkkilä (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Minna Maarit Kytöviita (University of Jyväskylä), Heikki Helle (University of Jyväskylä) and Thorbjörn Sievart (University of Jyväskylä).
Passing: Obligatory attendance at lectures, presentations, demonstrations, and field work.
Grading: Pass/fail
Maximum of students: 20
Learning outcomes: After completing this course the student: understands through lectures, seminars and field work the basis of boreal winter ecology especially for vertebrates and plants, learns to observe and evaluate how winter and snow cover affect animals and plants, learns how species have adapted to boreal winter conditions and learns to work in the winter conditions
Contents: The course deals with dynamics in physical and biotic environment in boreal and subarctic winter, individual and population level adaptation to cold environment and effects of climate change on individuals and populations. Specifically lectures, demonstrations and field work focus on snow ecology, plant adaptations to winter conditions and effects of climate change on boreal and arctic vegetation, small mammal and bird adaptations to winter and life under ice. The course week includes an excursion to a national park using cross-country skis (skis for foreign participants are available at site, possibility for walking exists if skiing is not familiar).

Introduction to Molecular Evolution

JYU code: ECOS1096 Molecular Evolution: Patterns and Rates
Credits: 1-2 ECTS (2 for those who participate also in the workshop)
Time: 18.-20.2.2019
Location: Konnevesi Research Station
Responsible teachers: Dr. Mikael Puurtinen (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Ilkka Kronholm (University of Jyväskylä) and Prof. Heikki Helanterä (University of Oulu)
Course coordinator: Prof. Hannu Ylönen
Passing: Obligatory attendance at lectures, presentations, demonstrations, and field work.
Grading: 0-5
Maximum of students: 20
Learning outcomes: After completing the course the students understands basics of concepts of molecular and cell biology, as well as basic concepts of evolution and natural selection
Contents: At the most fundamental level, biological evolution is changes in frequencies of alternative DNA sequences. In this course, the students will learn the basics concepts of molecular evolution and how molecular data can be used to study phylogenetic relationships between species or lineages, and what kind of patterns natural selection leaves at the molecular level. Students will also learn about variation in the rate of molecular evolution among genes and lineages, and the factors that underlie this variation. The patterns and causes of variation in rates of evolution are the topic of the workshop that follows the course, and there the students have the opportunity to learn most recent advances in this research. The course will consist of lectures and exercises to improve learning outcomes. 

Current: The course will be followed by the workshop “Molecular Evolution: Patterns and Causes”, where the students are encouraged to participate.