Students are able to recognize and describe the morphological, physiological and biochemical adaptations, which allow animals to survive when environmental conditions change either over evolutionary time scales or even daily.
Period 3-4 / The course is taught every other year (even years)
The topics include adaptations and acclimations of homeothermic and poikilothermic animals when challenged by changes in environmental temperature, oxygen level or osmotic conditions. The role of water is addressed e.g. by studying the adaptations needed by mammals living in aquatic versus hot and dry terrestrial habitats. In addition, the importance of adjusting animal physiology to fluctuating environmental conditions by short and long-term biological rhythms is studied.
The students need to participate (min 70%) in the lectures and group presentations (36 h), write one summary (max 1 page) based on a review article, participate in preparing and presenting of one student group presentation (15 min), and pass the final exam. The work required on own time is about 100 h.
About 15 scientific review articles chosen and summarised by the students for the whole class are studied for the exam.
Grading 0-5 is based on the final exam for which the lectures and presentations given by the teachers or students, and also the student summaries of review articles are studied. The points given for each exam task are detailed on the Moodle page of the course.
In English (provided as optional course for both master and bachelor students).
University lecturer Reijo Käkelä
Can be used as replacement of the previous course 522047 Eläinten ekofysiologia (Animal ecophysiology) 6 Cr.