BI3810 - Diversification in Time and Space


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 8 hours

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.

This course is part of the 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 competence:

  • 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, exercises and obligatory discussion meetings.

Online exam is held during one day.

Compulsory activities: Participating in online lectures, reading designated book chapters and papers, and undertaking exercises within the book. In addition, contributions towards discussion meetings and an online examination, the latter will be used in grading.

Further on evaluation

The exam grade can be appealed within three weeks after the grade has been published or you have received explanation of the grade.

Exam Language: English

Required previous knowledge

The course requires knowledge in phylogenetic biology at the level of NABiS course BIO404 Advanced phylogenetics (from University of Gothenburg)

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biodiversity
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Ecology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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