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NOVA PhD Course "Arctic Entomology under Climate Change" - Open for Applications

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The course will take place on 20-24 Aug. 2018 in Gunnarsholt, the headquarters of the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland, Hella, Iceland.
Deadline for applications: 31 May 2018.

The course is of 3 ECTS and is organised by Ass. Prof. Guðmundur Halldórsson, Agricultural University of Iceland.

The course is the second course in the NOVA PhD course series "Climate Change Entomology in the North" which is scheduled for 2017-2019.

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Course Description
The series "Climate Change Entomology in the North" focuses on the fundamental and drastic demands in agricultural entomology in the Nordic countries, caused primarily by climate change. At an accelerating rate new serious, invasive pests threaten our primary production systems in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, and wilderness areas. Furthermore, our pollination and biocontrol ecosystems services - vital to our crop production as well as wild flowers and berries - are at risk due to invading pests, competitors, and diseases; changing phenology of flowering; multiple generations of pests; decline and even forecast extinctions of certain pollinator species, etc. We need to train a new generation of experts in this area to be able to cope with the growing challenges. Foremost immediate threats include the spotted wing Drosophila -fly, recently introduced from Asia to Europe, and which is making its way northwards (recorded at many locations in Sweden already).

Course running in 2018
The effects of climate change are occurring at a faster and stronger rate in the Arctic than elsewhere in the globe. We are already observing changes in phenology, species distributions and ecological interactions in natural and agricultural systems in the North. Given the short growing seasons, agricultural production at high latitudes may benefit from a warmer Arctic, but so will insect pests from lower latitudes that will be able to expand northwards. In this course, we will explore the consequences of ongoing and predicted environmental changes on Arctic entomofauna, from individual to community responses, and the implications to agriculture and forestry.

Content
In this course, we will train the students to understand the consequences of environmental changes on Arctic insects, and the implications of these changes to agriculture and forestry in Nordic regions. The course will combine lectures and hands-on training in the field on methods to monitor insect populations and evaluate population changes.

Programme Outline

  • Pre-campus assignments: reading materials
  • Lectures and interactive seminars on drivers and consequences of climate change to Arctic entomofauna, from individuals, to populations, species and communities, and the implications to Nordic agriculture and forestry.
  • Lab-work, demonstrations, and field assessments concerning e.g., methods for monitoring insect communities and ecological interactions, such as herbivory or pollination.
  • Field trip related to methods to monitor insect populations and their changes

Main Teachers

  • Guðmundur Halldórsson, Associate Professor, LBHI, Iceland
  • Bjarni Diðrik Sigurðsson, Professor, LBHI
  • Isabel C Barrio, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Toke Thomas Høye, Senior Scientist, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Heikki Hokkanen, Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Leena Lindström, University Lecturer, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Ingeborg Menzler-Hokkanen, Senior Postdoctoral Project Researcher, University of Helsinki, Finland

Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:
https://www.nmbu.no/en/students/nova/students/phd-courses/phd-courses-2018/node/33556

Published 9. March 2018 - 16:55 - Updated 9. March 2018 - 17:11

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