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EK3301: APPLIED FOREST ECOLOGY (2020-2021)

Last modified: 06 Aug 2020 12:15


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
Co-ordinators
  • Dr a cameron

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

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


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

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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