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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 rapidly and sometimes 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.

One main assignment based on actual forest ecosystems will allow you to demonstrate individual thought and analysis.

Course Details

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

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Course Description

This course considers the development of forest ecology as a science, nutrient cycles and net primary production, distribution of tree species and ecotypes, ecological succession, abiotic disturbances, role of disturbance and forest regeneration, forest canopy structure, growing space and tree density, temporal development of forest structures, regeneration and structural development in multi-cohort forests, mixed species forests, wetland and riparian forests, concept of sustainability of forest ecosystems, deforestation and restoration of degraded forests, impact of invasive species, forests, carbon and climate change.

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Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Assessment is based on one 2-hour written examination (60% of overall mark) and one assignment (40% of overall mark).  

Resit: Similar to 1st attempt, with continuous assessment mark(s) and /or exam mark carried forward with an opportunity to resit either or both, depending on what was failed in the first attempt.




Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be provided during this interaction and during student-led discussions and tutor-led tutorials. A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during seminar and workshop sessions.


Feedback will be given by staff to students regarding their participation in discussions and tutorials and their appreciation of course content.

Course Learning Outcomes


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