The Fisheries Ecology course conducted in 2009
was a great success !!


The 2009 FishEco Class


A total of 12 multinational students participated in the Fisheries Ecology course conducted at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik and at the Marine University Center in Sandgerdi during 1-22 July 2009.

Formal lectures, practical labs, paper discussion groups, and field
exercises were conducted nearly every day mixed with barbecues, picnics trips to the Blue Lagoon, free time to explore Iceland, and other social activities.

Dr. Steven Campana visited from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Nova Scotia, Canada and conducted a 3-day otolith preparation and microstructure analysis lab which was a unique opportunity that caught the attention of the local media (see newspaper coverage here) (see newspaper coverage here)

Dr. Campana also lectured on the effects of climate change and fisheries on the growth and age structure of fishes as well as expected changes in the migratory strategies of fishes due to changes in global climate.

Dr. David Conover visited from SUNY Stony Brook in USA and conducted lectures on the life history strategy theory and fishing as an evolutionary force. This was a unique opportunity for all the European students.




The fisheries ecology course was a great experience, which I would recommend to everybody interested in improving their skills and knowledge in this topic. During the course we were given a complete and broad knowledge about climatic interaction with fisheries, and about recent research trends. Many topics were discussed and different points of views were introduced to gain a better comprehension of the phenomena. The course was short but intense and strongly interactive, giving us lots of new stimuli and ideas. Thanks to the top-level facilities provided for the practical sessions, we had the opportunity to practice our research skills and learn new techniques and their applications. The two-days fishing cruise practice was an amazing experience. The course was definitely well organized: I appreciated the effort put in to improve the quality, with the high level of lectures, given by international experts, the house facilities for international students, the help provided for any circumstance. The atmosphere during the course and in the lab was always friendly and relaxed, and I could only suggest everybody to join the course and enjoy Iceland!

Giovanni Romagnoni


"The course provided a great mixture of lectures, discussion groups, lab and field work, as well as the opportunity to meet with world-class researchers, travel and experience Iceland as part of the curriculum. The friendly and relaxed atmosphere amongst students and teachers resulted in a great learning experience and I have taken many fond memories of Iceland, the students and staff at the Institute of Biology with me."

Robert Lefebure

Three weeks diving into the world of marine fishes, guided by people who teach with a lot of enthusiasm about the interaction of this system and the impact of humans and climate change. intensive, demanding, informative, international, motivating,
with a healthy amount of leisure and fun stuff. knowledge about the whole life circle of atlantic fishes from spawning until the final end on a tasty barbecue!

Corinna Schendel


Dr. Campana - the otolith lab

The otolith lab in Sandgerdi

Student Accommodations at the White Mansion

Deep Sea Shark

On board the research vessel

Fly fishing under the midnight sun

Collecting data




Marine Education in Iceland, University of Iceland, Askja Sturlugata 7, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland