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Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 11:20

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 lectures will encourage inquiry and informed argument.

The main assignment based on actual forest ecosystems allows you to demonstrate individual thought and analysis.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Andrew Cameron

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EK3801 Applied Forest Ecology (Passed)
  • FY5303 Silviculture: Applied Forest Ecology (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course considers the development of forest ecology, nutrient cycles and forest productivity, tree species and ecotypes, ecosystem classification, disturbance and regeneration/succession, wetland forests, abiotic disturbance and damage to forests, structure of forests, growing space and stand density, forest regeneration using patch cutting and shelter woods, multi-cohort stand structures, transformations of single-cohort forests into multi-cohort structures, deforestation and restoring degraded forests, sustainability of forest ecosystems, carbon and climate change in relation to forest productivity and resilience.

Associated Costs


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


More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Assessment is based on one extended assignment (75% of marks) and one newspaper article (25% of marks).

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be provided during this interaction and during student-led discussions. Emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during all sessions.


Feedback will be given by staff to students regarding their participation in class discussions, presentations and submitted assignments.

Course Learning Outcomes


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