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Joint Sino-Danish PhD course: Human pressures on coastal and fresh waters seen in a climate change perspective

The course will be held at the Marine Biology Research station, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Dayawan, China

ECTS credits: 5 ECTS

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: 24-30 October 2016
Capacity limits: 40 students

Objectives of the course:
The course aims at providing a comprehensive understanding of human pressures on coastal and freshwater ecosystems and potential mitigation measures for ecosystem restoration seen in a climate change perspective. These objectives will be achieved through a combination of lectures and practical exercises where the student will acquire insight into the flow of energy in coastal ecosystems and how it can be measured.

Compulsory programme:
Active participation in lectures, colloquia and exercises, oral presentation, final report.

Course contents:
The course includes (see detailed programme below):

  • One week of preparation at home institutions reading selected international papers on the topic of the course. The students will also have to prepare a short presentation about a selected paper to be used during group discussions and a short presentation of their PhD project.
  • A one-week intensive course in China. The intensive course includes lectures, exercises, field studies and project work in teams. Project work is carried out in teams of 3-4 students.
  • The first two days are on freshwater and brackish lakes and the remaining days on coastal waters, including field studies on the South Chinese Sea near the field station.
  • Report on group work and field work.

The course will include an exercise where the students will work with benthic (Lars Peter Nielsen) and pelagic (Hans Jakobsen/Jacob Carstensen) respiration and photosynthesis in shallow mangroves and at a deeper waters station.

In the lab, respiration and photosynthesis will be measured in sampled sediment using microsensors, and the results will be contrasted with respiration and photosynthesis of the water column measured in the field. Photosynthesis, respiration, PI curves, diel processes, light adaptation, coupling with anaerobic processes and model fitting will be discussed and compared among the two study sites.

MSc in biology, biogeochemistry, environmental science or equivalent in relevant topic. Knowledge of basic biologic respiratory processes is required and good computer skills with insight into scripting tools such as R, Matlab, SAS or other tools for processing data are an asset.

Prof. Jacob Carstensen, Prof. Erik Jeppesen, Prof. Lars Peter Nielsen and Senior scientist Hans Jakobsen, Dept. of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Prof. Zhengwen Liu and Prof Boping Han, Jinan University.
Prof You-Shao Wang, Head of Marine Biology Research station at Dayawan, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Yu-Tu Wang, Jun-De Dong, Xing-Yu Song and Mei-lin Wu (CAS).

Will be provided after acceptance to the course.

Course assessment:
Failed/passed based on active participation, oral presentations and report.

Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, Denmark, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China, and South China Sea Institute of Oceanology under Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China.

24-30 October 2016.

Detailed programme, please see here.

Marine Biology Research Station, Dayawan, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology under Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China.

Deadline for registration is Thursday, 15 September 2016. Information regarding admission will be given before Saturday, 1 October 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Erik Jeppesen, e-mail: , Jacob Carstensen (, Hans Jakobsen ( or Lars P. Nielsen (

The course registration fee is 500 DKK per person and does not cover the transport to/from the marine station in China where the course will be held. Hence, students are required to find their own support for travel expenses to China and the marine station. All meals and accommodation (at the field station) are covered during the 7 days course by the Chinese organisers.

For registration: Please make a pre-registration before Thursday, 15 September 2016:
The link for the pre-registration is restoration-China

You are asked to provide a brief description of your academic background and your PhD work as well as the relevance of the course for you.

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