NCP-21803 Ecology of Communities, Ecosystems and Landscapes: Theory

Course

Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Lectures12
Tutorial12
Self-study
Course coordinator(s)dr. J van Ruijven
Lecturer(s)dr. J van Ruijven
dr. ir. MMPD Heijmans
dr. WG Braakhekke
Examiner(s)dr. J van Ruijven

Language of instruction:

English

Continuation courses:

NCP-30306 Plant Vegetation and Systems Ecology

Contents:

Lectures and practicals aim to increase understanding of processes responsible for changes in species composition and structure of plant communities, ecosystems and landscapes.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to:
- demonstrate detailed understanding of the interrelationship between abiotic and biotic processes at different spatial scales;
- perform correct calculations on general ecological principles such as species-area relationships, competition, meta-population theory and nutrient cycling;
- illustrate threats to biodiversity using general ecological theory;
- describe and explain the ecological background of nature management measures and policy;
- demonstrate detailed understanding of species adaptations to environmental conditions and the role of species characteristics on ecosystem functioning.

Activities:

Lectures and practicals.

Examination:

Written exam.

Literature:

Syllabus will be available at WUR-shop one to two weeks before the start of the course.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc5AF
BESEnvironmental SciencesBScB: Environmental Quality and Systems Analysis6WD
MinorPeriod
Compulsory for: WUFNCBSc Minor Forest and Nature Conservation5AF