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752692S Mire ecology, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 752692S  Validity 01.08.2003 -
Name Mire ecology  Abbreviation Mire ecology 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3272 Ecology 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Biology 

Virtanen, Risto Juhani 

The course's general learning material:
Author Title Year Compulsory Availability
     Eurola, Seppo   Suokasvillisuusopas   1995  - Availability
     Eurola, Seppo   Suokasviopas   1992  - Availability

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits / 133 hours of work.

Language of instruction 



B.Sc. 2 nd or 3 rd autumn. M.Sc. 1 st or 2 nd autumn. Every second year at the Oulanka research station. Arranged if resources allow.

Learning outcomes 

By passing this course a student is able to identify plant species (bryophytes and vascular plants), mire types, vegetation of boreal  areas, species indicator values, determine mire types, interpret ecology of mire systems and make inventories on mire landscapes.


Plant species (bryophytes and vascular plants), mire types, vegetation of boreal areas. Regional patterns in mire vegetation, mire types and underlying ecological gradients. Mire hydrotopography and peat stratigraphy. Red list status of mire vegetation.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 9 h, field course, demonstations and field exercises 47 h.

Target group 

Plant ecology students.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Plant ecology field course (756343A) or equivalent knowledge.

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

Oulun suokurssi –gradientit, suoyhdistymät, uhanalaisuus´ (45 s) ladattavissa kurssin Moodle-sivulta 2. lajintuntemusoppaat: Eurola, S., Bendiksen, K. & Rönkä, A. 1990: Suokasviopas. Oulanka Reports 9: 1-205. (minimivaatimus, ostettavissa/tilattavissa Oulangan tutkimusasemalta) Lajioppaita: Laine, J., Harju, P., Timonen, T., Laine, A., Tuittila, E-S., Minkkinen, K., & Vasander, H. (2009). The intricate beauty of Sphagnum mosses: a Finnish guide for identification. (University of Helsinki Department of Forest Ecology Publications = Helsingin yliopiston metsäekologian laitoksen julkaisuja; No. 39). Helsinki: University of Helsinki Department of Forest Ecology. Laine, J., Flatberg, K. I., Harju, P., Timonen, T., Minkkinen, K. J., Laine, A., ... Vasander, H. T. (2018). Suotyyppimääritysoppaat: Eurola, S., Huttunen, A. & Kukko-oja. K. 1995: Suokasvillisuusopas. Oulanka Reports 14: 1-85 TAI Eurola, S., Huttunen, A., Kaakinen, E., Saari, V. & Salonen, V. (2015). Sata suotyyppiä: Opas Suomen suokasvillisuuden tuntemiseen. Oulu: Oulun yliopisto, Thule-instituutti. Oheislukemistona: Laine, J., Vasander, H., Hotanen, J.-P., Nousiainen, H., Saarinen, M. ja Penttilä, T. 2012. Suotyypit ja turvekankaat – opas kasvupaikkojen tunnistamiseen. Metsäkustannus.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Mire type and species exam.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


Mire types and species exam. Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail.

Person responsible 

Doc. Risto Virtanen.

Working life cooperation 


Other information 



Additional data in the course catalogue University of Oulu summer studies 2020
Will be arranged during the summer 2020 under the open university course code ay752692S in Finnish.

Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended Mire ecology  Course  Virtanen, Risto Juhani  01.04.21 -30.09.21

Future examinations
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