Courses in English for ERASMUS MSc students, academic year 2018/19 autumn | Department of Zoology, University of Tartu

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Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5341
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Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
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    Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of History and Archaeology
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    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics
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    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
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    +372 737 5314
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    Jakobi 2, rooms 309–352, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Cultural Research
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    Ülikooli 16, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
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    +372 737 5301
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18–310, 50090 Tartu
  • College of Foreign Languages and Cultures
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    J. Liivi 4, 50409, Tartu
  • Viljandi Culture Academy
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    +372 435 5232
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    Posti 1, 71004 Viljandi
Faculty of Social Sciences
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+372 737 5957
Faculty address: 
Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
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    + 372 737 5900
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Education
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6440
    Faculty address: 
    Salme 1a–29, 50103 Tartu
  • Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
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    +372 737 5582
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36–301, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Economics and Business Administration
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    +372 737 6310
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 18, 51009 Tartu
  • Institute of Psychology
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    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 2, 50409 Tartu
  • School of Law
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    +372 737 5390
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 20–324, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Social Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5188
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Narva College
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    +372 740 1900
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 2, 20307 Narva
  • Pärnu College
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    +372 445 0520
    Faculty address: 
    Ringi 35, 80012 Pärnu
Faculty of Medicine
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+372 737 5326
Faculty address: 
Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
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    +372 737 5326
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine
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    +372 737 4210
    Faculty address: 
    Biomeedikum, Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Pharmacy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5286
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Dentistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 731 9856
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 6, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Clinical Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5323
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 8, 50406 Tartu
  • Institute of Family Medicine and Public Health
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4190
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5360
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 5–205, 51005 Tartu
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5820
Faculty address: 
Vanemuise 46–208, 51014 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5820
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46–208, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Computer Science
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5445
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 18, 51009 Tartu
  • Estonian Marine Institute
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 671 8902
    Faculty address: 
    Mäealuse 14, 12618 Tallinn
  • Institute of Physics
    Faculty address: 
    W. Ostwaldi 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Chemistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5261
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 14a, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Genomics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4000
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23b, 51010 Tartu
  • Institute of Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5860
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 18, 51009 Tartu
  • Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5027
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23, 23b–134, 51010 Tartu
  • Tartu Observatory
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    +372 737 4510
    Faculty address: 
    Observatooriumi 1, Tõravere, 61602 Tartumaa
  • Institute of Technology
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    +372 737 4800
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5835
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Institutions
  • Library
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5702
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Youth Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5581
    Faculty address: 
    Uppsala 10, 51003 Tartu
  • Museum
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5674
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 25, 51003 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6076
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Support Units
  • Administrative Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5606
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4809
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 18, 51009, Tartu
  • University Office in Tallinn
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    +372 737 6600
    Faculty address: 
    Teatri väljak 3, 10143 Tallinn
  • Estates Office
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    +372 737 5137
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Finance Office
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    +372 737 5125
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 4, 51005 Tartu
  • Grant Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6215
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 9, 51004 Tartu
  • Information Technology Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6000, IT-help: +372 737 5500
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Human Resources Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5145
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 302 and 304, 50090 Tartu
  • Internal Audit Office
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18-244, 51005 Tartu
  • International Cooperation and Protocol Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6123
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 104, 301, 305, 50090 Tartu
  • Marketing and Communication Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5687
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 102, 104, 209, 210, 50090 Tartu
  • Office of Academic Affairs
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5620
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Procurement Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6632
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Rector's Strategy Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5600
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Student Council
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18b, 51005 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Press
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    +372 737 5945
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
Other Units
  • University of Tartu Academic Sports Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5371
    Faculty address: 
    Ujula 4, 51008 Tartu
  • Tartu Student Village
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    +372 740 9959
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 25, 51013 Tartu
  • Tartu Students’ Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 730 2400
    Faculty address: 
    Kalevi 24, 51010 Tartu
  • Tartu University Hospital
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 1a, 50406 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Foundation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5852
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
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Contacts of UT units

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5341
Faculty address: 
Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5341
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of History and Archaeology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5651
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5221
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5314
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 309–352, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Cultural Research
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5223
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 16, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5301
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18–310, 50090 Tartu
  • College of Foreign Languages and Cultures
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 4, 50409, Tartu
  • Viljandi Culture Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 435 5232
    Faculty address: 
    Posti 1, 71004 Viljandi
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5957
Faculty address: 
Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5900
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Education
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6440
    Faculty address: 
    Salme 1a–29, 50103 Tartu
  • Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5582
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36–301, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Economics and Business Administration
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6310
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 18, 51009 Tartu
  • Institute of Psychology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5902
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 2, 50409 Tartu
  • School of Law
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5390
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 20–324, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Social Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5188
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Narva College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 1900
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 2, 20307 Narva
  • Pärnu College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 445 0520
    Faculty address: 
    Ringi 35, 80012 Pärnu
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5326
Faculty address: 
Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5326
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4210
    Faculty address: 
    Biomeedikum, Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Pharmacy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5286
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Dentistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 731 9856
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 6, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Clinical Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5323
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 8, 50406 Tartu
  • Institute of Family Medicine and Public Health
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4190
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5360
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 5–205, 51005 Tartu
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5820
Faculty address: 
Vanemuise 46–208, 51014 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5820
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46–208, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Computer Science
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5445
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 18, 51009 Tartu
  • Estonian Marine Institute
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 671 8902
    Faculty address: 
    Mäealuse 14, 12618 Tallinn
  • Institute of Physics
    Faculty address: 
    W. Ostwaldi 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Chemistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5261
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 14a, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Genomics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4000
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23b, 51010 Tartu
  • Institute of Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5860
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 18, 51009 Tartu
  • Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5027
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23, 23b–134, 51010 Tartu
  • Tartu Observatory
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4510
    Faculty address: 
    Observatooriumi 1, Tõravere, 61602 Tartumaa
  • Institute of Technology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4800
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5835
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Institutions
  • Library
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5702
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Youth Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5581
    Faculty address: 
    Uppsala 10, 51003 Tartu
  • Museum
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5674
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 25, 51003 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6076
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Support Units
  • Administrative Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5606
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4809
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 18, 51009, Tartu
  • University Office in Tallinn
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6600
    Faculty address: 
    Teatri väljak 3, 10143 Tallinn
  • Estates Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5137
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Finance Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5125
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 4, 51005 Tartu
  • Grant Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6215
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 9, 51004 Tartu
  • Information Technology Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6000, IT-help: +372 737 5500
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Human Resources Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5145
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 302 and 304, 50090 Tartu
  • Internal Audit Office
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18-244, 51005 Tartu
  • International Cooperation and Protocol Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6123
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 104, 301, 305, 50090 Tartu
  • Marketing and Communication Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5687
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 102, 104, 209, 210, 50090 Tartu
  • Office of Academic Affairs
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5620
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Procurement Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6632
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Rector's Strategy Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5600
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Student Council
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18b, 51005 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Press
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5945
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
Other Units
  • University of Tartu Academic Sports Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5371
    Faculty address: 
    Ujula 4, 51008 Tartu
  • Tartu Student Village
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 9959
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 25, 51013 Tartu
  • Tartu Students’ Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 730 2400
    Faculty address: 
    Kalevi 24, 51010 Tartu
  • Tartu University Hospital
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 1a, 50406 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Foundation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5852
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
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Courses in English for ERASMUS MSc students, academic year 2018/19 autumn

For more information contact our Erasmus Coordinators:

  • Students from EU: Pille Gerhold, pille.gerhold [ät] ut.ee, phone +372 737 6382
  • Students from other countries: Kristi Post, kristi.post [ät] ut.ee, phone +372 737 5077

Courses by the Department of Zoology

LOOM.04.052 Statistical Data analysis, 5 ECTS, Toomas Tammaru
The course gives an overview of the most common statistical methods used in ecology and provides an introduction to performing the analyses on personal computers. Methodological problems of data collection are also discussed.

LTOM.04.003 Insect ecology, 2 ECTS, Toomas Tammaru
The students will read basic texts on a number of specific topics. The texts will be discussed with the teacher. The students will find papers reporting recent developments pertinent to the topic of the day, and will present them publicly.

LOOM.04.082 Ethics and Alternatives for Animal Use in Research, 3 ECTS, Urmas Saarma
The ethics of animal research is one of the cornerstones of natural and medical sciences, and without this knowledge, the education received in the university remains incomplete. This statement is not an exaggeration and, based on personal experience I can state with certainty that animal research ethics is one of those critical topics that almost every person involved in natural or medical sciences comes into contact in his later professional work. There exist a number of different ethical positions about the methods used in animal research and a student should know these in order to make a well-considered decision whether to use methods for animal studies that require slaughter of animals (still a rather common practice) or to choose methods that do not require such cruelty. This is crucial. During the course, the core issues in animal research ethics and various methods that allow animal studies to be carried out without killing animals are introduced - the number of such methods has grown considerably in recent years and can replace many cruel methods. Based on the knowledge gained from the course, each student can formulate his or her own position and make a choice, which methods to use. Thus, the course on animal research provides the necessary background knowledge on which the student can make a well-considered decision.

LTOM.04.001 Identification of Vertebrates in the Wild, 1 ECTS, Marko Mägi
The aim of the course is to teach the identification of Estonian vertebrates (except fishes) by activity signs.

LOOM.04.075 Seminar in Zoology and Hydrobiology, 1-3 ECTS
Master students attend research seminars of the department of zoology and other professional meetings.

LOOM.04.019 Parasitology, 3 ECTS, Tuul Sepp
Lectures give an overview of the core questions and main concepts of parasitism as a life phenomenon. The course topics cover transition to parasitic lifestyle, forms and stages of parasitism, adaptations of parasites, and evolutionary development of the relationship between a parasite and a host.

LOOM.04.069 Tropical ecology, 2 ECTS, Pille Gerhold
In relation to the aforementioned questions, the course will cover climate, biomes, species richness, biotic interactions, diversity of animals (excursion in Zoology museum) and plants (excursion in Botanical gardens), human impact on tropical ecosystems, and tropical research methods. The format of the course will be lectures, excursions, group assignments, reading and presenting scientific papers, and discussions.

LTOM.04.002 Phylogenetic trees in ecology and evolution, 2 ECTS, Robert Barry Davis
The students will learn about what a phylogeny is and how phylogenies can be obtained from different kinds of data. They will be introduced to different applications of phylogenies in ecological and evolutionary research (e.g. phylogenetic comparative methods, ancestral state reconstruction, community phylogenetics). Students will also attend computer classes in which they deal with phylogenies directly, from basic handling of phylogenies to practical research applications. Most of the computer work will be done using R. Some basic knowledge of R would be an advantage, but is not essential. There will also be seminars, for which students will familiarise themselves with the primary research literature on topics related to the use of phylogenies in ecology and evolution. They will be asked to present the methods and findings of such research in a critical way.

LOMI. 00.001 Ecology of the Baltic Sea, 3 ECTS, Georg Martin
In many respects the Baltic Sea is unique in the world; more importantly it is marked with significant human impact on its present state. The course introduces the regime, biota and the present state of the Baltic Sea and the issues of its protection.

LTOM.04.006 Zooplankton Ecology, 2 ECTS, Taavi Virro

  • Concept of zooplankton. The importance of zooplankton in aquatic ecosystems.
  • Composition of freshwater zooplankton: Taxonomy, biology and ecology of the major groups of freshwater zooplankton
  • The structure of zooplankton communities.
  • Spatial and temporal distribution of zooplankton communities.
  • Environmental factors controlling zooplankton population dynamics.
  • The impact of climate change, acidification, and human activities on zooplankton communities.
  • Zooplankton community parameters as indicators of trophic state and ecological quality of inland water bodies.
  • Practical session (incl. hands-on-training): Methods and techniques for collection, processing, and analysis of zooplankton samples.

Courses by the Department of Botany

LOOM.01.001 Phycology, 3 ECTS, Kalle Olli
The course is an eye-opener to understand the hidden, often enigmatic life of algae, their structure, function, and role in the ecosystem. The course starts with lectures, and proceeds intermingled with seminars. A mandatory part of the course is written seminar work, which also has to be presented as an oral talk (max 10 min). This trains writing and presentation skills, as well as giving feed-back to others presentations. The course material is made available electronically. The seminar work requires analysis of a few regular research papers, which can be chosen by the student, or will be given by the tutor

LOOM.01.074 Plant Stress, 3 ECTS, Anu Sõber
Concepts of stress. General and specific reactions to environmental stress, oxidative stress. Abiotic and biotic stress factors and their mechanisms. Low and high temperature, water excess and deficiency, soil acidity, shortage and excess of minerals and light, salinity. Influence of UV-radiation and radioactive exposure. Distribution, types and mechanisms of contaminants, influence of global changes, influence of herbivores, bacteria and viruses, influence of competition conditions at different levels of organization (cell, organism, community).

LOOM.01.113 Research Methods in Plant and Fungal Scineces, 4 ECTS, Meelis Pärtel
The aim of the course is to provide advanced access to the research methods in the field of Plant and Fungal Sciences - through observational and experimental projects. In special cases, this may include working in a lab or a research station abroad.

LOOM.01.072 Plant Ecophysiology, 3 ECTS, Priit Kupper
The place of ecophysiology in the system of botany is discussed; influence of exposure, water and temperature regimes, characteristics of mineral nutrition and air pollution to physiological processes in plants.

LOOM.01.084 Ecological Modelling, 2 ECTS, Ingmar Tulva
This course is a primer on the nature and methods of mathematical modelling, based on objects of ecology and methods known from secondary school mathematics. We learn to understand simple differential equations and to translate generic knowledge of an ecological system into (systems of) such equations. We cover the concept of equilibrium of system and its stability; we learn to analytically find states of equilibruim of a system (and, in case of single-component systems, to also assess the stability of such equilibria). We learn to use matrix equations for modelling demographics. We learn to use easily available tools (spreadsheet programs) for turning equations into numerical models.

 

For more information contact our Erasmus Coordinators:

  • Students from EUPille Gerholdpille.gerhold [ät] ut.ee, phone +372 737 6382
  • Students from other countriesKristi Postkristi.post [ät] ut.ee, phone +372 737 5077

See also https://www.ut.ee/en

Teaching staff


Toomas Tammaru
 (PhD) is a Professor of Entomology at the Department of Zoology. The primary focus of his research is on evolutionary ecology of insects but his group works also on phylogenetics, population ecology and conservation biology of insects, principally Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). Tammaru has experience with teaching applied statistics and evolutionary ecology to master students of ecological sciences.  See here and  here for more information.


Urmas Saarma
 (PhD) is a Lead Research Associate at the Department of Zoology, leader of the Chair of Mammalogy. He has been studying mammals and their pathogens and has experience in working with animals in the field as well as in the lab. During the last decade, he has been particularly interested in animal research ethics. See here for more information.


Marko Mägi
(PhD) is a Research Associate at the Chair of Animal Ecology, Department of Zoology. He is the Head of the Field Lab for Avian Behavioural Ecology. Main research interests: avian population ecology and urbanization, behavioural ecology, habitat effects and personality studies. See here for more information.


Tuul Sepp 
(PhD) is a Research Associate at the Chair of Animal Ecology, Department of Zoology. She is also a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Arizona State University. Her research interests include the life history changes caused by urbanization, aging in wild populations, and the evolution and ecology of cancer. See here for more information.


Pille Gerhold
 (PhD) is a Senior Research Associate in Ecology at the Department of Zoology. She has been conducting research on plants as well as animals in Switzerland (ETH Zürich), Germany (TU Kaiserslautern), the Netherlands (Radboud University Nijmegen) and Brazil (UFPE Recife). She is interested in patterns and mechanisms of biodiversity across organisms and above the species level. She completed her PhD on the effects of tropical forest fragmentation on the trophic interactions of leaf-cutting ants in the Atlantic rainforest in NE Brazil. See here for more information.


Robert Barry Davis
 (PhD) is a Research Associate at the Chair of Entomology, Department of Zoology. His research focusses on the use of phylogenetic comparative methods in insect ecology. His scientific interests go beyond phylogenetic comparative methods specifically and he is interested generally in the use of phylogenies as a tool in ecological and evolutionary research. He is a Member of the Royal Society of Biology (UK). See here for more information.


Georg Martin
 (PhD) is a Lead Research Associate at the Estonian Marine Institute, the Head of the Department of Marine Biology. His main research interests and competence lie in benthic ecology of the Baltic Sea and monitoring and assessment of the marine environment. He has been active in international efforts on developing innovative methodology and performing the assessment of the status of marine environment and biodiversity. He took part in different assessment projects carried out by regional sea convention (HELCOM) as well as Word Ocean Assessment organised by UN. Current research projects include different environmental issues as Ocean Acidification and assessment of status and biological and ecological effects of marine litter in the Baltic Sea. See here for more information.


Taavi Virro
 (PhD) is an Associate Professor in Hydrobiology at the Department of Zoology. His main areas of research interests are the structure and spatio-temporal variability of zooplankton and zoopsammon communities, including the functional (trait-based) aspect. Another important area of his research relates to micro- and mesoinvertebrate community parameters as indicators of ecological and trophic state of water bodies. He has a special expertise in systematics, faunistics, and ecology of rotifers (Ph. Rotifera). See here for more information.


Kalle Olli
 (PhD) is a Professor of Fisheries and Hydrobiology at the Estonian University of Life Sciences and a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Botany of Tartu University. Research interests are aquatic ecology and biodiversity, phytoplankton ecology and life cycles in the Baltic Sea as well as coastal ocean. He has participated in numerous Arctic expeditions, with main focus on biological oceanography of the Arctic Ocean, biogeochemical cycles and biological carbon pump.See here for more information.


Anu Sõber
 (PhD) is a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Botany. She has Master’s degree in Biophysics and PhD in Plant Physiology and teaching experience in Plant Physiology, Dendrophysiology and Ecophysiology, including special course of Plant stress. Have been involved in laboratory, growth chamber- and ecological field experiments, as Aspen FACE (Free air carbon and ozone enrichment, USA), Center of Excellence Environ and FAHM (Free air humidity manipulation). Four of her doctoral students and nine Master's students have got their degree, 2 are currently under supervision. Currently working on measurements of gas exchange (including nitrogen oxides, NOx) in connection with plant growth, water-relations, stomatal reactions and secondary metabolism. See here for more information.


Meelis Pärtel
 (PhD) is a Professor of Botany at the at the Department of Botany. He is a leading scientist in macroecology of biodiversity. He is aiming to look beyond the borders of the existing paradigm. He has developed the species pool theory by creating the dark diversity concept: set of absent but otherwise suitable taxa for a study site. His works range from global studies to ecosystem management and conservation. He is among the 1% most cited researchers in his field and currently acting as a Chief Editor of two international journals: Journal of Vegetation Science and Applied Vegetation Science. See here for more information.


Priit Kupper 
(PhD) is a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Botany. His research focuses on water relations, gas exchange and mineral nutrition of woody plants. His special interest belong to night-time processes and climat change. See here for more information.


Ingmar Tulva (MSc) is a Research Associate in Ecophysiology at the Department of BotanySee here for more information.