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Palaeoecological methods and environmental analysis, 15 ECTS credits

You might wonder what changes the environment has undergone since the last ice age until today? How has the landscape changed and how have flora and fauna responded to variations in climate and in human activity?

If you attend this course, you will be able to answer such questions and not least obtain knowledge of up-to-date methods in palaeooclimatology and landscape history. You will also learn how various types of geological material can be dated and analysed, and become familiar with a range of palaeoecological techniques.

The course combines lectures with seminars and hands-on analytical work. During field work we will collect sediment cores and analyze them in the laboratory, using various techniques. The results will be presented as posters which are a result of group work, and as short individual reports. We will also go on a two-day excursion to look at various cultural landscapes and palaeoecological sites in southern Sweden.

Left: Cultural landscape, Right: Field work at Kullaberg
Left: Cultural landscape, Right: Field work at Kullaberg

General information

This is an elective course at advanced level, suitable for inclusion in a MSc. degree in geology. If you apply for, and is given admission to, the Master´s programme in geology with a specialisation in Quaternary geology (NAGEL KVRT) you will automatically be admitted to GEON06 during the second half of your first study term. The course is taught during the second half of the autumn term.


Period: Autumn semester, second part (HT2), full time studies
Admission requirements: Minimum 90 ECTS credits in Geology or Earth Sciences, including GEOB21-GEOB25, GEOB01-GEOB04 or equivalent, or 90 ECTS credits in Physical Geography, Biology or Archaeology. English B (advanced) proficiency.

Application - Non-exchange students
Application - Exchange students

Student Counsellor

Karl Ljung
studievagledare [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se (studievagledare[at]geol[dot]lu[dot]se)


Course syllabus (pdf, new tab)
Course literature (pdf, new tab)
Schedule - Note that schedules are only preliminary until one month before course start.
Course evaluation and analysis (pdf, new tab)

Course coordinator


Filed work on färskesjön 2013
Field work on Färskesjön 2013

Anne Birgitte Nielsen