e-Learning portal for Arctic Biology


This open e-learning portal is created as a project by bioCEED (Centre of Excellence in Biology Education) and The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). It provides material and information about Arctic ecosystems and organisms living within the Arctic.

The resources presented here are kindly provided and reviewed by many scientists working in the Arctic environment and are freely available for everybody.  We try to keep the presented material updated, but can not guarantee that recent research is always included straight away.

We hope that this learning portal can be a resource for both students and teachers who learn and teach Arctic Biology at University, but also for high school teachers and pupils, Arctic nature guides and others.

For now, the learning portal will focus on Arctic terrestrial organisms – this means organisms living on land. With time, we hope we can extend our forum to also include Arctic marine organisms – which means organisms living in the sea.



The material presented on these pages – photos, graphics and text – is intellectual property of the respective authors/photographer and learningarcticbiology.info. Parts of the text can be copied and used further for private or non-commercial use, but has to be credited. Any use of the photos must in all cases be agreed upon in advance with learningarcticbiology.info, and the photographer must always be credited.

If you have any suggestions or suestions about this page, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Three main parts:

  • Main resources: texts, figures, graphs and videos explaining biology and ecology of the main organisms groups found in Arctic ecosystems, structured in short chapters cross-linked to other relevant chapters and additional material
  • Teaching/study resources: those will be resources which were primarily developed to aid in courses taught in the Arctic Biology Department at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), but which hopefully will also be helpful for others. Here you will – in time – find presentations, videos, quizzes, and more
  • External resource library: here we will collect a list with external links that provide good additional information about subjects and themes covered in in the main resources. Additional reading, videos and much more