New field course aiming to provide students with current knowledge about ongoing changes in the northern and Arctic ecosystems, related biogeochemical changes, and impacts on human and animal health.
Northern ecosystems in a changing climate is a new field course organized by two Finnish universities in cooperation: the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Oulu. The aim of this course is to provide the students with current knowledge about ongoing changes in the northern and Arctic ecosystems, related biogeochemical changes, and impacts on human and animal health. The organizers intend to make this course an annually recurring event.
Birgitta Evengård from the CLINF coordination team was among the appointed lecturers for this year’s course, which took place in Oulanka National Park. Oulanka is an Interact station situated only 13 km from the Russian border, not far from Rovaniemi. The students were mostly ecologists and appreciated the newly brought in talk on the impacts of climate change on humans. Birgitta emphasized the importance of expanding the thinking of the next generation of scientists, in order to solve complex issues such as climate change. A related lecture was given by Antti Oksanen, Evira Finnish Food Safety Authority, who spoke about parasites.
Find more information about the course here.
Birgitta in Oulanka National Park The class of 2018
Contact: University of Eastern Finland