FEM-80418 Thesis Forest Ecology and Forest Management


Credits 18.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. FJ Sterck
Examiner(s)dr. ir. FJ Sterck
prof. dr. FJJM Bongers
prof. dr. PA Zuidema
dr. UGW Sass-Klaassen
prof. dr. ir. L Poorter
dr. M Peña Claros
prof. dr. ir. GJ Nabuurs
dr. ir. J den Ouden
prof. dr. ir. GMJ Mohren

Language of instruction:

NL and/or EN

Assumed knowledge on:

For MFN students, the courses Forest Ecology and Forest Management (FEM30306) and Ecological Methods I (REG 31806) are strongly recommended.


The thesis enables the student to put their acquired knowledge and skills into practice by individually and independently conducting a research project in the field of the programme.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- develop a research plan, including the wider scientific context, identification of the knowledge gap, formulation of research questions, aims and objectives, and design of the project including approach, methods and tools;
- collect, select and process data, using the approach, methods and tools described in the research plan;
- analyse and synthesize the data, in order to answer the research questions;
- formulate answers to the research questions that are supported by the research outcomes, pay attention to potential limitations, and relate the outcomes to the wider scientific context;
- report on the research both in writing and in oral presentation;
- work in compliance with academic codes of conduct, and with proper management of time and resources;
- make use of input and feedback for executing the research project as well as provide feedback to others.


Writing a research proposal, collecting data by doing fieldwork, an experiment, or modelling, do data analysis and writing. Giving a start presentation for your supervisor and a short final presentation (12 min presenting + 12 min discussion) for the FEM student presentations, the first Tuesday of each month. While you are in the Netherlands or not doing your fieldwork, you have to participate in the FEM thesis ring and MSc student presentations the first Tuesday morning of each month, and you are invited to join the FEM staff presentations on the other Tuesday mornings.


You will have a 45 min examination with your supervisor and another staff member, and you will be judged based on the thesis Rubric. Before the examination you will hand in a half a page self reflection on the thesis process and what you have learned.