Polar BiologySemester Course

Environmental Science of the Arctic
Week-Long Study Tour
Arctic Norway
Core Course Week Study Tour
Western Denmark
Major Discipline(s)
Biology, Environmental Science, Sustainability
Core Course
Fall/Spring semester

In this course, you gain an understanding of biology of the polar areas, with a special emphasis on the Northern Hemisphere. You learn how organisms of the Polar Regions are evolutionarily adapted to cold terrestrial or marine habitats with strong seasonality. By studying theoretical and practical case studies, you gain insight into population dynamics and species richness within Denmark, and of the Arctic regions in Norway and Greenland.


Peter Gravlund Nielsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.d. and Post. Docs (Molecular zoology, snakes, ancient DNA), University of Copenhagen, 1998-2010. M.Sc. (population genetics in reindeer), University of Copenhagen, 1994. Participated in arctic fieldwork on Svalbard, East- and West Greenland, Taimyr Peninsula in northern Siberia and the Baffin Bay.Worked with science outreach as exhibition developer and project manager at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, 2008-2015 and 2015-2016 and head of research at Den Blå Planet – National Aquarium of Denmark, 2012-2015. Teaching at University of Copenhagen since 1994.