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Broadleaves - History, Ecology and Management

During this course, the ecology of temperate broadleaf forests is studied with a focus on forest history, disturbance dynamics, forest succession and vegetation ecology. The study region comprises southern Sweden, Denmark, the Baltic countries, northern Germany and northern Poland.

Patterns of biodiversity are examined for the major species groups in broadleaf forests. The impact of forest management on biodiversity and current approaches to conservation and management for multiple goals are evaluated. Specifically, management alternatives based on historical conservation baselines are compared, including implications of Pleistocene megafauna extinctions. Current threats and challenges to the function and biodiversity of broadleaf forests are studied, with a focus on exotic tree pathogens and effects of ungulate browsing.

The course addresses various aspects of past- and current management models in broadleaf forests for production goals, including management of fast-growing tree species. Traditional silvicultural systems, such as beech shelterwood management, are compared with single tree and group selection approaches. Current concepts of forest management and restoration are evaluated with an emphasis on adaptation to ongoing climate change and on stand conversion from spruce to broadleaf forest. During field trips, reserve management and active habitat restoration are studied.

Throughout the course, the challenges that sustainable governance of broadleaf forest ecosystems meets today with respect to current changes in climate and society are discussed.

The course is divided into several parts where each part typically consists of:

  • introductory lectures

  • an individual or group assignment

  • field excursions

  • a seminar or exercise to discuss and present the assignments.

To further student learning and promote discussion, a variety of methods are used:

Lectures, literature studies, exercises, written exercises, (written) assignments, laboratory sessions, project work, seminars, study visits, study trips, field exercises, excursions, proficiency training, presentations

The course focuses on the following generic competencies:

Information competence, critical thinking and reflection, problem solving, scientific methods, use of technology, oral and written communication, teamwork.

The following course components are compulsory:

The study trip, excursions, individual and group assignments as well as exercises and seminars.

Syllabus and other information

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Euroforester (MSc) Forest Science - Master's Programme Forest Management - Bachelor's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Forestry Science Biology
Course code: SV0062 Application code: SLU-40161 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Pace: 100%