BSc level, but open for others as well.
IV period, second or third year.
After completing the course, the objective of the course is to provide student understands the students with understanding of structure and functioning of different types of tropical forest ecosystems. The student will learn to identify factors affecting growth, regeneration, disturbance dynamics, and diversity of tropical forests. In addition, the student will , and analyze threats to forests, such as deforestation and forest degradation, and analyze options, constraints, and challenges in conservation of tropical forests and forested landscapes.
|Edeltävät opinnot tai edeltävä osaaminen
ME 226 or corresponding knowledge.
- Tropical climate, soils, and biomesenvironment
- Tropical forest types - structure and functioning of forest ecosystems
- Growth, regeneration, and stand development
- Biogeochemical cycles (e.g. nutrients, water, carbon)
- Disturbance dynamics (e.g. fires) of tropical forest ecosystems
- Threats to forests – deforestation and forest degradation and their drivers
- Conservation of tropical forests and landscapes – challenges and solutions
|Oppimateriaali ja kirjallisuus
- Ghazoul & Sheil. 2010.Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation. Oxford University Press. 516 p.
- Additional reading material will be provided during the course
|Arviointimenetelmät ja -kriteerit
Scale 0-5. The final exam constitutes 80% of the grade, while the individual tasks constitute 20% of the grade.
The course is composed of class lectures, and individual work.To complete the course, students must pass the exam (40% limit for passing the exam). Attendance to classes is recorded, but it is not mandatory.
Teaching in English.
|Yhteydet muihin opintojaksoihin
Replaces the former course 830117 (TROP140) Tropical forest ecology and conservation 3-5 cr.
University lecturer Nicholas Hogarth.
Suitable for exchange students