PEN-30306 Plant, Vegetation and Systems Ecology


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Field practical59
Course coordinator(s)dr. J Limpens
Lecturer(s)dr. J Limpens
prof. dr. ir. D Kleijn
dr. EM Veenendaal
Examiner(s)dr. J Limpens

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

PEN-21803 Ecology of Communities, Ecosystems and Landscapes; Theory or CSA-20806 Population and Systems Ecology and PEN-22303 Ecology of Communities, Ecosystems and Landscapes: Field Excursions.


There is a student contribution for this course of 200-682 euro depending on your study background: see course guide for more information
This course has a maximum number of participants. The deadline for registration is one week earlier than usual.
See Academic Year.( -> Registration for Courses.
For this course

In Wageningen (week 1):
- lectures and tutorials on sampling, analysing and interpretation of vegetation and abiotic data.

On island of Terschelling (weeks 2 & 3):
- excursions to various ecosystems and landscapes with elucidation of ecological relations and discussion of possible research projects;
- literature study on vegetation composition, ecology and dynamics of coastal ecosystems;
- formulation and set-up of student research projects in small groups;
- conduct own ecological field research in small groups.

In Wageningen (week 4):
- data analysis;
- present results (PowerPoint);
- write report in style scientific paper.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- develop, present and criticize a set-up for ecological field research;
- carry out ecological field research on plants and their interaction with their (biotic and/or abiotic) environment;
- apply univariate and multivariate statistical methods to analyse field data;
- assess landscape processes, using plant species composition;
- synthesise and interpret ecological field data;
- present the outcome of the research to a professional audience (PowerPoint);
- write a report in the style of a scientific paper.


- lectures;
- fieldwork and deskwork.


Grades are based on:
- individual and group participation (40%);
- end report (40%);
- oral presentation (20%).
You need a 5.5 or higher for each evaluation criterion to pass the course.


Reader will be made available through WUR shop before start of course

Restricted Optional for: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc6WD
MBIBiologyMScD: Ecology and Biodiversity6WD
MEEEarth and EnvironmentMScC: Biology and Chemistry of Soil and Water6WD
MFNForest and Nature ConservationMScB: Management6WD
MFNForest and Nature ConservationMScC: Ecology6WD
MCLClimate StudiesMScC: Ecological and Agroecological Systems6WD