European biodiversity is characterized by great variation in habitats that is dynamic and constantly evolving in response to changes. Such changes happen gradually on a long time scale but with the impact of humans, changes can occur much more rapidly. Today, Europe has a highly fragmented biodiversity with a high rate of species loss.
This course focuses on the diversity of European habitats; from the glaciers in the Pyrenees to the lush broad leaved forests in the lowlands – from freezing Arctic waters to subtropical Mediterranean seas. We conduct case studies on ecosystems in Denmark and Andorra and learn skills within species identification, ecosystem characterization, biodiversity loss, and conservation.