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Markku Kanninen

Published, 30.12.2019 at 10:48

Welcome to he course ME-228 Tropical forest ecology and conservation

PLEASE NOTE! The first lecture is on Monday, January 20, 2020

Timetable

Lectures in 2020
Lectures: every Monday and Wednesday 14.15-15.45
Venue (Forest Sciences Building): Lecture Hall B7
PLEASE NOTE! - First lecture: Monday, January 20, 2020

Exams
Final exam of the full course: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (lecture hours, Lecture Hall B7)
Additional exams: The 2020 spring term exam dates are: Thursday April 16, 2020 and Thursday May 14, 2020

DateTimeLocation
Mon 13.1.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Wed 15.1.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Mon 20.1.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Wed 22.1.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Mon 27.1.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Wed 29.1.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Mon 3.2.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Wed 5.2.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Mon 10.2.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Wed 12.2.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Mon 17.2.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Wed 19.2.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Mon 24.2.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Wed 26.2.2020
14:15 - 15:45

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Conduct of the course

Completion and credits:
Full participation (5 ECT)
Lectures 24 – Individual work 16 – Self-study 115
Assessment: Lectures, two individual assingments, and final exam

Evaluation and grading:
Evaluation: Exam: 80%; Individual assignments: 20% (2x10%)
Grading: 0 (Fail) to 5 (Excellent)

Description

BSc level, but open for others as well.

ME 226 or corresponding knowledge.

The objective of the course is to provide 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, and analyze options, constraints, and challenges in conservation of tropical forests and landscapes.

III period, second or third year.

  • Tropical climate, soils, and environment
  • Tropical forest types - forest structure and function
  • Growth, regeneration, and stand development
  • Biogeochemical cycles (nutrients, water, carbon)
  • Disturbance dynamics of tropical forest ecosystems
  • Conservation of tropical forests and landscapes – challenges and solutions

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 is recorded, but it is not mandatory.

Recommended reading list:

  • Ghazoul & Sheil. 2010.Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation. Oxford University Press. 516 p.
  • Additional reading material will be provided during the course

Scale 0-5. The final exam constitutes 80% of the grade, while the individual tasks constitute 20% of the grade.

Teaching in English.

Professor Markku Kanninen

Replaces the former course 830117 (TROP140) Tropical forest ecology and conservation 3-5 cr.