Tropical marine ecosystems of East Africa

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General information

* The course will be held in January - February 2016. The dates mentioned in the Marine Portal are NOT real, they were set just for cataloguing properly the course in the Portal. The real dates will be announced by the end of May.*

The postgraduate course 'Tropical marine ecosystems of East Africa' is jointly hosted by the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Department of Marine Sciences, both University of Gothenburg, and gives an overview of tropical marine ecology through lectures, group work and practical field experience at Ilha da Inhaca, Moçambique. A full list of PhD courses from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Gothenburg is available here.

The aim of the course is to give Swedish and other postgraduate students an opportunity to broaden their ecological understanding and experience as scientist by studying a tropical system in a developing country. The course is also open for relevant students from the East-African countries. The interaction between this international group of students build unique networks that may lead to future collaborations and a closer link between research in Sweden and East Africa. 

The course starts with a mix of introductory seminars of tropical marine habitats followed by intense field work in the various marine habitat on the Inhaca island. During the field course the participants will investigate several aquatic systems such as mangal, coral reefs, seagrass beds, mud- and sandflats and beaches. Through field investigations, group projects and discussions knowledge about taxonomy and ecology of vertebrates, invertebrates and plants, as well as human interactions and conservation issues specific to these systems in East Africa will be taught.

Learning outcome:

The course will provide students with basic understanding of the dominant shallow marine ecosystems in tropical environments, and with practical experience using different research tools and methods to study these systems. It hopes to increase the interest and possibilities for young scientist to work with marine research, conservation or management in East African countries. 

Contact Person: Dr Matz Berggren (


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Venue: Marine Biology Station and Museum
Ilha de Inhaca, Mozambique



Student from the University of Gothenburg: 10.000 SE
Student from another university in Sweden: 18.000 SE
Student from another university in Europe 1.900 EUR
Student from an East African university: 1.100 USD (+ own travel to Maputo)
Student from Moçambique: 700 USD (+ own travel to Maputo)

The cost includes airfare between Gothenburg and Maputo, transport to and on Inhaca as food and lodging at the marine station on Ilha da Inhaca, Moçambique. It does not include visa and vaccination.


The course is for postgraduate students from different disciplines in, i.e. Biology, Environmental Sciences and Social Sciences. Applicants must show proof of their vaccination records before receiving approval to participate in the field part of course in Moçambique. Participants will receive a list of things to bring incl. gear for snorkelling.

Application Procedure:

A declaration of interest to participate in the course should be received no later than June 30th 2015 at the address below. Please include the following documents:

  • CV (maximum 1 page)
  • A letter of recommendation from the supervisor
  • A short description of the students motive for taking the course 

Dr Matz Berggren, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
University of Gothenburg, Kristineberg 566
451 78 Fiskebäckskil, Sweden

or by email to

Grant Opportunities:

Students are encouraged to apply for stipends to cover their costs.


The course is recommended to give 7,5 credit points.


Academic level: PhD
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