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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.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
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.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Assessment is based on one extended assignment (75% of marks) and one newspaper article (25% of marks).
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.