M.Forst.1511: Tropical forest ecology and silviculture

Learning outcome:
The module enables students to understand the most important ecological processes in zonal and azonal tropical forest formations, to analyse silvicultural systems critically considering their advantages and drawbacks, to design well adapted silvicultural systems, to analyse the ecological consequences of logging in tropical rain forests and finally, to plan and implement plantation programmes in different ecological tropical zones, and they are supposed to aquire a basis for silvicultural management of the different tropical forest formations.

Courses and examinations
Tropical forest ecology and silviculture (Lecture)

This course focuses on the ecology of tropical rain forests, the threat to the forest and options for ecologically sound management. Lectures on forest ecology include the analysis of different tropical forest types such as lowland rain forest, montane forest, mangrove forest, the biodiversity of the forest, the role of fire, and the carbon balance of forests. More applied topics will analyse silvicultural systems such as polycyclic and monocyclic management systems.

Oral Exam (about 20 min)

Prerequisite for examination:
Based on the contents of the lecture students should be able to discuss crritically current and important questions in the field of tropical silviculture and forest ecology.

180 h (56/124 h, Attendance time /Self-study time)

Admission requirements:

Recommended previous knowledge:


Person responsible for module:
Prof. Dr. Dirk Hölscher

Course frequency:
Academic Term each winter semester

One semester

Number of repeat examinations permitted:

Recommended Semester:
First Semester

Maximum number of students: