BI3810 - Diversification in Time and Space


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

This course deals with how patterns of biological diversity change over time and processes causing these changes. Focus will be on understanding micro- and macro-evolutionary processes, how these change species diversity and species distributions, and how to obtain knowledge of species histories. Emphasis will be placed on understanding methods used in analyses of micro- and macro-evolutionary diversification in time and space.

The course is given intensivly every second year, next time spring 2020.

This course is part of Nordic Master in Biodiversity and Systematics (

Learning outcome

Processes leading to speciation, migration and introgression, how to use population genetic theory to draw inferences about population processes and species delimitations. Phylogenetic analyses, calibration of phylogenies and analyses of evolutionary rates, the use of phylogenies in biogeographic studies, reconstruction of ancestral characters.
Knowledge about how evolutionary theory and molecular methods can be used to study species histories on an advanced level.


Having overview of theory and tools to be used in studies of species histories and historical biogeography.

General competense:
How to use various types of methodology to understand processes causing patterns and changes in biological diversity in time and space.

Learning methods and activities

Teaching will be in the form of online lectures and practical exercises. Submitted results on exercises must be approved, and written project report must be approved and will be used in grading for students taking this as a PhD course.

Online exam is held during one day

Compulsory activities
Reports from exercises as well as written project report (for PhD level students) must be approved and will be used in grading.

Compulsory assignments

  • Prosjekt, øvinger

Further on evaluation

Supplementary regulations UTF §5-6 at NTNU applicable for re-sit examinations (oral and written) in science courses are:
1. Final examination in each semester -for courses with prefix BI, IT and KJ a final examination is held during the examination period every semester.
2. New assessment incase of “fail” - please refer to the course description for details on which components of the course need to be retaken in case of re-assessment.

Exam Language: English

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

The course requires knowledge in phylogenetic biology at the level of NABiS course "Advanced Phylogenetics"


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.