Semester 5


Conservation and ecosystem management
Course organization:
1. Forest ecosystem management (Lecture)
2. Nature conservation (Lecture) (Field measurements and laboratory analysis)

Examination: Written examination (120 minutes)

Course description:
The course imparts knowledge about the sustainable management of forest ecosystems and about nature conservation. The course will provide information on how to analyze forest stands and how to derive appropriate silvicultural treatments in order to achieve the goals set by a given forest owner. The nature conservation part will introduce priority goals of conservation biology, the major threats to natural ecosystems and how they can be managed.
Resource assessment in ecosystem
Course organization:
1. Resource assessment in ecosystem (Lecture, Laboratory course)

Examination: Written examination (120 minutes)

Course description:
The students will be trained to analyse issues and problems of ecological monitoring, to plan their own monitoring studies on statistically sound grounds balancing scientific-technical objectives and economic feasibility, and to critically assess and understand monitoring studies carried out by other. These learning outcomes imply enhancing knowledge and skills in design-based statistical sampling, including estimation design, empirical statistical models, characteristics of a series of sampling designs and plot designs, and the systematic planning process in monitoring studies.
Ecological modelling
Course organization:
1. Ecological modelling (Lecture, Tutorial)

Examination: Term paper (max. 20 pages)

Course description:
Comprehensive knowledge of ecological models, theories and concepts. Development of interdisciplinary analytical thinking. Critical analysis and evaluation of the chances and limitations of different modelling approaches.
Ecological climatology
Course organization:
1. Ecological climatology (Lecture, Seminar, Exercise)

Examination: Written examination (120 minutes)

Course description:
In this course students will gain insights in the main atmospheric characteristics and how they influence ecosystem processes and fluxes between ecosystem compounds. The lecture course will give an overview on atmospheric variables such as radiation, humidity, temperature, and wind and their interactions with terrestrial ecosystems. In the seminar/exercise class, the understanding will be deepened by quantitative exercises. The students will be trained in quantitative and qualitative scientific methods to describe climate-dependent physical, chemical and biological processes in terrestrial ecosystems.
Current topics in molecular ecosystem sciences
Course organization:
1. Current topics in molecular ecosystem sciences (Lecture)
2. Literature seminar molecular ecosystem sciences (Seminar)

Examination: Presentation (approx. 20 minutes)

Examination prerequisites: Regular and active participation in seminar discussions (80%)

Course description:
The objective of the module is to introduce students to current topics in molecular ecosystem sciences and on-going research of the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology. The students will gain the ability to review actual research findings and learn how to present scientific data. Furthermore, they will practice to defend scientific results in an interdisciplinary discussion. Students will learn to question published research results critically and how to lead a constructive discussion in science.