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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 12th – 23rd February 2018, consisting the following courses and one workshop:

Boreal Winter Ecology

JYU code: BENS5109 
Credits: 2 ECTS
Time: 12.–16.2.2018
Location: Konnevesi Research Station
Course coordinator: Prof. Hannu Ylönen
Lecturers: Prof. Hannu Ylönen (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Sirpa Rasmus (University of Jyväskylä), Jukka Syrjänen (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Heikki Helle (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Matti Häkkilä (University of Jyväskylä) and Dr. Marko Haapakoski (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) and every student should prepare a short presentation on a selected topic related to seasonality and winter in the students’ home country.

Population ecology and population cycles 

JYU code: BENS5111
Credits: 1-2 ECTS
Time: 19.-20.2.2018
Location: Konnevesi Research Station
Course coordinator: Prof. Hannu Ylönen
Passing: Obligatory attendance at lectures, presentations, demonstrations, and field work.
Grading: Pass/fail
Maximum of students: 20
Learning outcomes: After completing the course the students understands diversity of population cycles and knows the potential mechanisms explaining populations cycles in northern boreal and subarctic environments.
Contents: Finnish population and behavioural ecology is famous for extensive research on population cycles, which characterize northern boreal and subarctic environments. This course has an intense focus on diversity of population cycles and individual faiths in fluctuating populations. The teachers include experts in population ecology in small mammals, insects, vertebrate pests, birds and pathogens, and behavioural and evolutionary ecologists studying individual strategies along density and environmental changes in cyclic populations. The students are encouraged to contribute to the course program with own suggestions, examples or short presentations. The course may include demonstrations and a field excursion. If you participate in Population Ecology and Population Cycles course you should bring laptop with you (if only possible).
Current: This course is in connection to workshop: “Population Cycles and Outbreaks: Still of interest or historical debate?“.