Final elective courses 2008-2009

The final elective courses for the masters study in Coastal and Marine Management are underway. Upon their completion the students from the first year of the program will be spreading out across the globe to work on their theses. Our students will be in exciting places pursuing their research interests - Iceland, England, Canada and South Africa.

Economic and Social valuation of protected areas by various stakeholder groups

This Friday August 14 GAIA the student association for of the master's program in Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Iceland will be hosting a seminar "Economic and Social valuation of protected areas by various stakeholder groups" at the University Centre. The seminar is a part of the students associations visit to the University Centre of the Westfjords.

Icelandic summer school 2009

A hundred and ten students are currently participating in a three-week Icelandic Course organized by the University Centre of the Westfjords for the Office of International Education. Most of the students are Erasmus and Nordplus grantees that will study at Universities in Iceland in the coming fall.
Students prepare for The amazing race around Ísafjörður, one of the elective courses taught.
Students prepare for The amazing race around Ísafjörður, one of the elective courses taught.

Beach Clean-up on the Northern Side of the Westfjords

In the next two week, from the 3rd to the 17th of August, 10 volunteers with Worldwide Friends will be working to clean and research sections of the beaches in Dýrafjord, Önundarfjord, Súgundafjord, Bolungarvík and Hornstrandir. The project encompasses environmental action, social cooperation and research. The group´s primary sponsors are the University Centre of the Westfjords, Björgun ehf and Hotel Núpur.

Student group from the University of Manitoba hosted by the University Centre

A student group from the University of Manitoba, Canada, is being hosted by the University Centre. This is the third year in a row we have hosted a group from this school lead by Dr. Birna Bjarnadóttir, a teacher and director of the Icelandic Department at the University of Manitoba.
The 2009 Student Group from the University of Manitoba with their teacher, Dr. Birna Bjarnadóttir and University Centre Director, Dr. Peter Weiss.
The 2009 Student Group from the University of Manitoba with their teacher, Dr. Birna Bjarnadóttir and University Centre Director, Dr. Peter Weiss.

Seminar on fisheries, tourism and community development

Appointment of the University Centre of the Westfjords and the University of Iceland, Research Centre of the Westfjords.
Open to everybody interested.

Eva Braun´s visit to Iceland - lecture July 20

On Monday July, 20 Hörður Geirsson will lecture about Eva Braun´s visit to Iceland 70 years ago on the luxury liner, Milwaukee. She made some films of Ísafjörður and her travelling companions also took many photographs. Hörður will present some of her films and photographs and discuss her time here. The lecture will take place at the University Centre at 12.10, all are welcome. The lecture will be in Icelandic.

Hörður Geirsson is a curator and the head of the film department at the Heritage Museum in Akureyri. He has written about aviation as well as discovered a Fairey Battle airplane from World War II after a 19 year search. He has curated many exhibitions at the Icelandic Aviation Museum, Akureyri. In recent years he has taught film history at the University of Akureyri.

Hörður Geirsson
Hörður Geirsson

Two new master´s courses

Monday July 13, two new courses began in the Masters Program in Marine and Coastal Management.

 

Tom Barry
Tom Barry
The second course, Tourism Policy and Planning in Coastal Areas is being taught by Professor Marc L. Miller, from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Marc earned his PhD in cultural anthropology and his field of interest is in fx the Tourism Planning and Development, Coastal Zone Management and Waterfront and Port Planning. Prof. Miller has co-edited three proceedings (1991, 1998, 2002) of the first three CMTs, has been Associate Editor of Coastal Management and has served as an Associate Editor of the Sage Qualitative Research Methods Series since the series began in 1986. He also serves as the Research Commentary and Notes Editor of Tourism in Marine Environments and a Coordinating Editor for Annals of Tourism Research.

SIT student project presentations at the University Centre July 10

A group of students from the School for International Training (SIT) for Vermont, USA, are being hosted by the University Centre of the Westfjords and taking the course Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics in Iceland, given in cooperation by RES Orkuskóla Akureyri, Reykjavik and Ísafjörður.

 

These students are being taught about renewable energy by employees of Orkubús Vestfjarða, participating in field trips and learning about the history and culture of the area. They also attended the viking festival in Dýrafjörð.

 

The students all complete mini research projects on fx hydropower, windpower or energy conservation and are being assisted by various offices, including the Avalanche Institute and individuals in the area. On Friday, July 10, there will be an open teaching session at the University Centre where the studens will be presenting their research projects. The presentations will begin at 1pm and anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend. We also would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has assisted the students during their stay in Ísafjörður.

Students of the SITgroup hiking to Mt. Kaldbakur, Önundarfjörður, July 5, 2009.
Students of the SITgroup hiking to Mt. Kaldbakur, Önundarfjörður, July 5, 2009.

Tracking Icelandic Cod with Electronic Data Storage Tags - open lecture

Friday July 3, Dr. Bruce McAdam will give a lecture  which he calls Tracking Icelandic Cod with Electronic Data Storage Tags.

The Marine Research Insititute has a long term project tagging cod with data storage tags that continuously record the depth and temperature a fish until it is caught and the tag recovered. This has resulted in a data set of hundreds of fish, many with several years of data recorded every few minutes. We combine this data with the output of the CODE oceanographic model in order to estimate where the fish is on each day between tagging and recovery, and in order to estimate the routes taken during annual migration.

 

Other work on the Icelandic cod will be discussed as well. For example the work carried out by the MARICE group, at the University of Iceland, on investigations into morpholigical difference between groups of cod. See:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0005529

 

Bruce McAdam is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Iceland producing computer models relating to the Icelandic cod stock. After qualifying with a PhD in computer science, he worked for two years as a computer science lecturer before completing a masters degree in ecology with a project on birds and windfarms. Before moving to Iceland he then worked on the EU UNCOVER project about managing fish stocks to promote recovery.

 

The lecture will be held at the University Centre starting at noon.

Dr. Bruce McAdam
Dr. Bruce McAdam
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