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701-1434-00L  Essentials of Restoration Ecology

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersD. Ramseier, C. T. Robinson
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish

AbstractRestoration ecology has become an important field of ecology. The original trial and error approach is now more and more replaced by a more systematic and scientific approach.
The course covers general principles of restoration ecology and practical applications mainly for wet and dry meadow restoration and restoration of rivers/streams. Forested habitats will only be touched marginally.
ObjectiveThe students gain insight in methods of ecological restoration. They will be able to evaluate various approaches and to design restoration projects. They will learn the ecological basis of river/stream restoration and restoration of wet and dry meadows.
ContentTwo hours lectures and one-hour seminar per week in the first four weeks of the semester
22.3.2019 after-noon excursion river/stream restoration Dübendorf
24.6.2019 after-noon excursion to a long-term experiment on establishment of vegetation on flat roofs in Zürich
31.6.2019 all-day excursion to the wetland restoration project Seebachtalseen (

Topics of lectures:
- Historical background of restoration ecology
- Reasons for ecological restorations
- Ecological principles relevant for restorations
- Approaches for ecological restorations
- Evaluation of restorations

Seminar: present a paper with self-searched additional information