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Course Overview

Forest ecology is a science concerned with the form and function of forest ecosystems. As a science, it recognises that forest ecosystems vary in their ecological characteristics with location, and that the forest in any particular location is continually changing – sometimes quite rapidly and sometimes very slowly. Current theory and application of forest ecology will be covered in a series of lectures to allow you to explore the science of forest ecosystem dynamics. Discussions during the lectures will encourage inquiry and informed argument. Assignments reflect tasks similar to those encountered in environmental consultancy and provide you with transferrable, employability skills. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr a cameron

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Course Description

This course will cover the introduction and development of forest ecology, nutrient cycles and net primary production, species and ecotypes, ecosystem classification, ecological succession and abiotic impacts, canopy disturbance and regeneration, forest canopy structure, growing space and tree density, temporal development of forest structure, regeneration dynamics in multi-cohort forests, creating structural and species diversity, wetland and riparian forests, tropical rain forest, deforestation and restoring degraded forests, sustainability of forest ecosystems, impact of invasive species on forest ecosystems, carbon and climate change in relation to forests.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 14 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

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Summative Assessments

1 short opinion piece (25%)

1 excel spreadsheet calculation (25%)

1 report (50%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome

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