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Ecophysiology of macroalgae (Q2 2015)

Name of course:

Ecophysiology of macroalgae

ECTS credits:


Course parameters:

Language: English

Level of course: PhD course

Semester/quarter: Q2 2015

Hours per week: One intensive week + preparation and report = 140 hours in total.

Capacity limits: 20 participants

Objectives of the course:

To gain expertise in the taxonomy, life-forms and growth adaptations of macroalgae, and learn techniques for culturing macroalgae, performing key physiological measurements and acquire knowledge on mapping their natural distribution.

Learning outcomes and competences:

At the end of the course the student should be able to:

  • Distinguish dominant macroalgae species
  • Describe and discuss how environmental conditions regulate species distributions and abundance
  • Conduct and analyze measurements of macroalgal primary production and respiration
  • Design sampling and mapping of macroalgal distributions
  • Describe the principles of methods used for growing and culturing macroalgae
  • Report and discuss the results of field or laboratory study in relation primary literature on course topics

Compulsory program:

Entire course

Course contents:

See course contents here (figure in PDF file).


Priority will be given to PhD students, but other students (including MSc students) may be admitted.

Name of lecturers:

Peter Stæhr, Susse Wegeberg, Steffen Lundsteen, Karsten Dahl, Michael Bo Rasmussen, Annette Bruhn, Birgit Olesen, Dorte Krause-Jensen.

Type of course/teaching methods:

The course will combine evening lectures and field sampling with laboratory experiments. Students will present articles, make and present a poster based on group work of max 5 persons.


Articles: The course will be taught with a combination of original papers provided at the start of the course.

Books: Lobban C.S. and Harrison P.J. Seaweed Ecology and Physiology. Cambridge University Press. 1994. 384 pages.

Course homepage:

Course assessment:

Course participation will be assessed from:

  • Active attendance
  • 10 min presentation of a key article
  • Group presentation of the group poster
  • Delivery of a project report
  • Evaluation and acceptance of the group poster



Department of Bioscience

Special comments on this course:

Course fee: The course is financially supported by Aarhus University, but there will be a registration fee of DKK 6.500 / 875 € per student to cover accommodation, meals and field trips.

Transportation: Students are responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation to Aarhus railway station.


14 to 21 June 2015.




Applications should be sent to Peter Stæhr, e-mail: and must include a short description of the student’s interest in the course and current related project.

Deadline for application is 1 May 2015. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than 8 May 2015.

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Revised 16.05.2017