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.