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701-0561-00L  Forest Ecology

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersH. Bugmann
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


AbstractThis course conveys the basics of forest ecology with an emphasis on trees as those organisms that dominate the physiognomy and the dynamics of forest ecosystems. Based on this course, students have a good grasp of the qualitative and quantitative importance of forest ecosystems at the global and regional scales, with a focus on central Europe.
ObjectiveStudents are able to
- summarize the fundamentals of forest ecology at the autecological, demecological and synecological level
- explain how trees dominate the physiognomy and dynamics of forest ecosystems
- describe the qualitative and quantitative importance of forest ecosystems at the global and regional scales, with an emphasis on central Europe and Alpine region.
ContentIntroduction and overview of the forests of the world
Forest ecosystem ecology: Production ecology of forests
Autecology: light, temperature, wind, water, and nutrients
Demecology: regeneration ecology, forest growth, mortality
Synecology: Fundamentals of trophic interactions (forest-ungulate interactions), succession
Lecture notesHandouts (mixture of overhead slides and full text chapters) are sold at cost
Relevant chapters from textbooks will be indicated.
LiteratureKimmins, J.P., 2004. Forest Ecology. Third ed., Pearson-Prentice Hall
Prerequisites / NoticeThe contents of the following courses of the 2nd year of the USYS BSc are required:

Pedosphere, Hydrosphere, Fundamentals of biology and ecology.

Knowledge from the following courses of the 2nd year of the USYS BSc are an asset:

701-0312-00L Pflanzen- und Vegetationsökologie
701-0314-00L Systematische Botanik