NCP-30306 Plant, Vegetation and Systems Ecology


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Field Practical80
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. KV Sykora
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. KV Sykora
dr. EM Veenendaal
dr. WG Braakhekke
dr. ir. AP Schaffers
JM Gleichman
dr. AV de Groot
Examiner(s)prof. dr. KV Sykora

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

NCP-21803 or CSA-20806 and NCP-22303


Week 1: (in Wageningen): training in sampling, analyzing and interpretation of vegetation and abiotic data. Week 2 and 3: practical in the coastal ecosystems of the island of Terschelling: excursions to various ecosystems and landscapes with elucidation of ecological relations and discussion on possible research projects. Literature study on vegetation composition, ecology and dynamics of coastal ecosystems. In small groups: formulation of student research projects, collecting vegetation and abiotic data, analysis of soil samples (in Wageningen).
Week 4 (in Wageningen in the same small groups): classification of vegetation data, statistical analysis of relations with environmental factors, writing a research report (paper), giving an oral presentation.

Learning outcomes:

- to write, criticize and defend a research proposal;
- to collect vegetation and environmental data;
- to statistically analyze the data with univariate and multivariate statistical methods;
- to give a synthetic and ecological interpretation;
- to give an oral (PowerPoint) and written presentation (paper) of the results.


Lectures, fieldwork, deskwork


Based on: Participation, written and oral presentation


Information about compulsory literature will be given before the course. Manuals will be available at the course.

Restricted Optional for: MBIBiologyMScD: Ecology6WD
MFNForest and Nature ConservationMScB: Management6WD
MFNForest and Nature ConservationMScC: Ecology6WD
MCLClimate StudiesMSc6WD
Compulsory for: WUBDVBSc Minor Biodiversity: from Micro to Macro and from Cause to Consequence6WD