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EAFITEscuela de VeranoMisiones AcadémicasIslandia - Artic microbial ecology field trip and lab course: August 6 to 20 - 2020

Islandia - Artic microbial ecology field trip and lab course: August 6 to 20 - 2020

Target group: 

Undergraduate students of Biology from the EAFIT Univeristy.

Course with credits recognition in EAFIT: 

Credits recognition course by Seminar I or II  after analysis with the Head of Career Javier Correa Álvarez.


This year, we focus the course on northern tundra habitats, making the NW-Iceland county of

Húnaþing vestra, with its relatively easily accessible rolling highlands with heathlands, peat bogs,

and fjell fields, ideal for sampling.


Course Goals:

The first few days of the course, we will therefore be based in Hrútafjörður, taking day trips for sampling. The field trips in this area that we're considering include (note that the precise destinations may change!):

  • Does the microbiota of mosses and grasses change with altitude? From the village of

Hvammstangi, we will hike up the mountain to a small lake, Kirkjuhvammsvatn, where we

will sample nearby mosses and grasses and then follow a transect along the river canyon

back to town, sampling along the way.

  • Endophytic microbes from seashore to heath. From the farm Heggstaðir, we will hike to the

tip of Heggstaðanes where we will sample mosses, grasses, and crowberry plants from the

seashore to the heathlands on top of the peninsula.

  • Effects of reforestry plantations on endophytic microbes in mosses, grasses and lichens. At

the farm Brekkulækur, we will sample Peltigera lichens, woolly moss, and grasses at and

near the forest plantation patch. We will then move to a little-used track across the ridge

between the Hrútafjörður and Miðfjörður valleys where we will take control samples from

the heathland.

Once we've taken all the samples and done initial labwork at the temporary field lab, we

will move on to the University of Akureyri in central-northern Iceland, where we will carry

out most of the labwork in the course and attend lectures for the remaining week-and-ahalf.

There will, however, be opportunities for exploring the surroundings, probably

including a sight-seeing trip to the Mývatn area, one of the main tourist attractions in

northern Iceland.



Oddur Vilhelmsson, Professor of biotechnology at the University of Akureyri.



Course 1.203 USD

Course with credits recognition: 1.467 USD

 This prices include laboratory materials, transportation, accommodation and 3 meals (breakfast/lunch/ dinner)

*Flights not included.


Important information:

  • If you want to participate in this academic mission, please fill the following information:

  • The course has limited seating.

  • Teaching language: English

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From August 6th to 20th, 2020.

* Al momento de realizar la inscripción está aceptando las políticas de las Misiones Académicas de Escuela de Verano.

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