SwedenSummer Study Tour

Required Course(s)
European Biodiversity

The Study Tour to Sweden is an integrated part of the course as we take our classroom on the road and see how theory presented in the classroom translates to practice in the field. We will focus on ongoing research and visit terrestrial (forest), freshwater, and marine research projects in situ. We will zoom in on different topics such as invasive species and the complexity of re-wilding, and investigate current re-wilding projects. We will conduct small fauna-focused projects at the Kolmården Zoo, walk in the footsteps of Carl Linnaeus in Uppsala, investigate the management of the Swedish forest, and learn about a marine national park, Kosterhavets Nationalpark.

Tour Objectives

  • Learn about re-wilding, invasive species, restoration of nature, freshwater biodiversity, and management of large forests and biodiversity at sea
  • Conduct projects in small groups at the Kolmården Zoo, learning about Swedish/European species that are important for biodiversity and/or are threatened
  • Experience and observe life, culture, and the natural environment of Sweden

Possible Activities

  • Walk in the footsteps of Carl Linnaeus in Uppsala, and explore Swedish forestry from a forest management perspective
  • Investigate problems, projects, and solutions related to a selected species at the Kolmården Zoo
  • Travel out at sea and observe the marine environment, learning about challenges related to biodiversity in the water