Jyväskylä, Konnevesi Research Station, Finland

Boreal Winter Ecology

when 15 February 2016 - 19 February 2016
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC

The course deals with dynamics in physical and biotic environment in boreal and subarctic winter, individual and population level adaptation to cold environment and effects of climate change on individuals and populations. Specifically lectures, demonstrations and field work focus on snow ecology, plant adaptations to winter conditions and effects of climate change on boreal and arctic vegetation, small mammal and bird adaptations to winter and life under ice. The course week includes an excursion to a national park using cross-country skis (skis for foreign participants are available at site, possibility for walking exists if skiing is not familiar) and every student should prepare a short presentation on a selected topic related to seasonality and winter in the students’ home country.

Course leader

Prof. Hannu Ylönen (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Minna-Maarit Kytöviita (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Sirpa Rasmus (University of Jyväskylä), Jukka Syrjänen (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Marko Haapakoski (University of Jyväskylä), and Dr. Saana Sipari

Target group

All international and Finnish students who are majoring in Biology, especially those with emphasis on Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Limnology, Hydrobiology or Environmental Science, are encouraged to apply to the Jyväskylä Winter School of Ecology.

Course aim

The most important aims of the Winter School are to develop scientific readiness and to offer students the possibility to study in a modern, scientific environment and to create connections to the international science community.

Credits info

2 EC
Obligatory attendance at lectures, presentations, demonstrations, and field work.

Fee info

EUR 0: Attendance in the Winter School is free of charge, but students are responsible for their meals, accommodation and travel costs. The accommodation and meals are arranged in situ at the research stations.


The Winter School of Ecology is not able to grant any Winter School students financial support. In order to ensure your participation, we recommend that you take steps to secure your own funding, for example, by turning first to your home institution or o