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Quaternary Paleoecology and Environmental Change


Within this interdisciplinary field, paleogeological research is combined with the Biological Mu-seum’s extensive knowledge in the taxonomy of animal and plant groups. Education represents the core area in paleoecological research and focuses on environmental history and quaternary geol-ogy, including analytical physical and chemical methods as well as practicals in the taxonomy of different subfossil groups.

Being rich in lakes and marshes and extensive glacial record, Finland is traditionally known as an area with exceptionally favourable chances to do paleoecological research. At the University of Turku, paleoecological education and research is partly directed to the unique Finnish Archipelago and to the Kevo Subarctic Research Center in the Finnish Lapland.

Paleoecological research has a central role in several international research programmes, includ-ing the past Global Change (PAGES) of the International Geological Correlation Programme (IGCP), European Science Foundation in Holocene Climatic Variability (Holivar) and International Quaternary Association in Commission of Human Evolution Paleoecology. All these projects aim in increasing quantitative knowledge in the global change of the earth’s recent history, to make it possible to estimate changes in the atmosphere caused by human action.

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Coordinating unit: Department of Geology

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Quaternary Paleoecology and Environmental Change

Optional Studies 16 ECTS
In addition to the common studies (27 ECTS) and the Compulsory Studies in the specialization field the students must study optional courses for the total of 120 ECTS required for the MSc. degree. Optional courses organized by UTU or other Finnish universities but not mentioned here are also possible but have to be agreed with the academic advisor in the field.
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