Introduction to Ecology

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Join Karl Egeland-Eriksen for a new 7-week course and a broad introduction to the principles of ecology.

Essential Information

Course tutor: Karl Egeland-Eriksen

Course length: 7 weekly sessions, online sessions, 10.00 am-12.00 pm, field trips 10.00 am-3.00 pm.

Course structure: 2x field trips across the North East. Indoor sessions are to be held on Zoom. Please ensure you have the right system requirements for accessing Zoom before booking, as we have a no-refunds policy.

Course cost: £100 NHSN Members / £125 Non-Members

About this course

NHSN has Special Interest Groups in Botany, Invertebrates, Earth Sciences, Ornithology and Mammals. The subject connecting all of these is Ecology.

This course serves as an introduction to the topic and, like the Oceanography course presented in 2022, is based on an Open University course (S328). Although this was an Honours degree course, the content will be levelled at beginners. The 5 Zoom sessions will explore Interactions, Population Ecology, Communities, Ecosystems and Humans. Two days of fieldwork will explore some of the material covered in the course.

Please read the terms and conditions for NHSN education courses before booking.


Zoom sessions: 26/1, 2/2, 16/2, half-term break, 1/3, 15/3 (10.00 am-12.00 pm). Field days: 9/2 Whitley Bay - Tynemouth area. 8/3 Gosforth Nature Reserve (10:00 am-3.00 pm).


The course is intended for those with a basic/entry-level knowledge of ecology

Field trips will include walking over uneven, occasionally steep ground.

Recommended Equipment

Notebook, hand lens or magnifying glass

About the Tutor

Karl is NHSN's Earth Sciences Specialist Group Coordinator. He is an active member of the Open University Geological Society and has organised around 200 geological field trips in Northern England for their local Northumbria branch over the last 10 years.