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Forest Ecosystem Ecology

The course focuses on the fundamental ecological principles underlying the functioning of forested ecosystems. During this course, students will be equipped with in-depth knowledge of the abiotic and biotic drivers of forest ecosystem processes and ecological communities. Here, we will emphasize the spatial and temporal scales at which these drivers act both above-and belowground. We will address terrestrial as well as aquatic environments and how the linkages between these sub-systems affect forest ecosystem processes. We pay special attention to the effects of global changes on the functioning of future forests and the ecosystem services they will provide. The course is centered on boreal forests, but we will also explore and draw examples from forested ecosystems in other parts of the world. The course consists of lectures, individual and group work, and hands-on exercises. We target students with an interest in pursuing an academic career in ecology, soil science, or forest science. The course also provides science-based knowledge relevant and applicable to conservation, forestry industry, and policy and decision-making authorities. The course is offered as an independent course.

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Hi all,

Welcome to the Forest Ecosystem Ecology course. The course starts on 1 November 2022 with an introduction in P-O Bäckströms sal at 09:00. So, we look forward to see you all there!

Also, for those of you who did yet self-register for the course, please do so by 1 November. Then, you will also be added to our CANVAS site (which is essential to get access to course information and materials).

Paul Kardol & Maria Myrstener - course leaders


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Andra kursvärderingar för BI1369

Läsåret 2023/2024

Forest Ecosystem Ecology (BI1369-20131)

2023-10-31 - 2024-01-14

Läsåret 2021/2022

Forest Ecosystem Ecology (BI1369-20021)

2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Läsåret 2020/2021

Forest Ecosystem Ecology (BI1369-20099)

2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Kursplan och övrig information


Literature list_Forest Ecosystem Ecology (BI1369) 2022-2023

**Course book: **

Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology (2011). Chapin F.S. III, P.A. Matson, and P.M. Vitousek. Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, New York.

Modules – reading list:

Introduction to forest ecosystem ecology

• Course book chapter 1


• Course book: chapters 5-7

• Additional papers:

Koch et al 2004 The limits of tree height, Nature, 428:851-854.

Bonan, G. B., 2008 Forests and climate change: Forcings, Feedbacks, and the Climate Benefits of Forests, Science 320:1444-1449.

Wei et al., 2014 3-PG simulations of young ponderosa pine plantations under varied management intensity: Why do they grow so differently? Forest Ecology and Management, 313:69-81.

Janssens et al., 2001, 7, 269-278 Productivity overshadows temperature in determining soil and ecosystem respiration across European forests, Global Change Biology, 7:269-278.

Berg, B., 2018, Decomposing litter; limit values; humus accumulation, locally and regionally, Applied Soil Ecology, pp 494-508


• Course book chapters 4, 5 (p.129-133), 7 (p. 217-223), 9 (p. 263-266)

• Additional papers:

Ellison D. et al. 2017. Trees, forests and water: Cool insights for a hot world. Global Environmental Change 43: 51-61

Evaristo J. et al. 2015. Global separation of plant transpiration from groundwater and streamflow. Nature 525: 91-94

Allen G.H. and Pavelsky T. M. 2018. Global extent of rivers and streams. Science 361: 585-588.

Hoset et al. 2019. Enhancement of primary production during drought in a temperate

watershed is greater in larger rivers than headwater streams. Limnol. Oceanogr. 64

Cycling of nutrients, hydrogen ions and element biogeochemistry

• Course book chapter 9 (197-220)

• Additional papers:

Van Breemen et al., 1983. Acidification and alkalinization of soils. Plant and soil 75:283-308.

A.J.B. Zehnder and B.H. Svensson, 1986, Life without oxygen: what can and what cannot? Experimentia 42: 1197-1205

Microbes, soil fauna, and soil food webs

• Course book chapters: 7, 8, 9

• Additional papers:

Crowther et al. (2019). The global soil community and its influence on biogeochemistry. Science 365, DOI: 10.1126/science.aav0550

Bennett et al (2017). Plant-soil feedbacks and mycorrhizal type influence temperate forest population dynamics. Science 355: 181-184.

Thakur & Geisen (2019). Trophic Regulations of the Soil Microbiome. Trends in Microbiology 27: 771-780.

Potapov (2021). Multifunctionality of belowground food webs: 1 resource, size and spatial energy channels. bioRxiv preprint doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.06.06.447267.

The role of biodiversity in ecosystem functioning

• Course book chapters: 8, 10, 11, 13

• Additional papers:

Richardson, J. S., & Sato, T. (2015). Resource subsidy flows across freshwater-terrestrial boundaries and influence on processes linking adjacent ecosystems. Ecohydrology, 415(April 2014), 406–415. https://doi.org/10.1002/eco.1488

Wardle et al. (2004). Ecological linkages between aboveground and belowground biota. Science 304: 1629-1633.

Boonstra et al. 2016. Why do the boreal forest ecosystems of northwestern Europe differ from those of Western North America? Bioscience 66: 722-734.

Hooper et al. 2005. Effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning: A consensus of current knowledge. Ecological monographs 75: 3-35.

***Global perspectives of forest ecosystems ***

• Course book chapters 14

• Additional papers:

Gamfeldt, L., Snäll, T., Bagchi, R., Jonsson, M., Gustafsson, L., Kjellander, P., et al. (2013). Higher levels of multiple ecosystem services are found in forests with more tree species. Nature Communications, 4.

Nilsson, C., Polvi, L. E., Gardeström, J., Hasselquist, E. M., Lind, L., & Sarneel, J. M. (2015). Riparian and in-stream restoration of boreal streams and rivers: success or failure? Ecohydrology, 8, 753–764. https://doi.org/10.1002/eco.1480

Gauthier et al. (2015). Boreal forest health and global change. 349: 819-822.

Ceccherini et al. (2020). Abrupt increase in harvested forest area over Europe after 2015. Nature 583, pages72–77. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2438-y


Kursen ges som en fristående kurs: Ja Kursen ges som en programkurs: Skoglig ekologi och hållbar skötsel - masterprogram Kursavgift: Studieavgift, endast för medborgare utanför EU, EES, och Schweiz: 38060 SEK Nivå: Avancerad nivå (A1N)
Ämne: Skogsvetenskap Biologi
Kurskod: BI1369 Anmälningskod: SLU-20132 Plats: Umeå Distanskurs: Nej Undervisningsspråk: Engelska Ansvarig institution: Institutionen för Skogens ekologi och skötsel Studietakt: 100%