FEM-30806 Resource Dynamics and Sustainable Utilization


Studiepunten 6.00

Group work42
Excursion (one day)8
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. PA Zuidema
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. PA Zuidema
dr. M Peña Claros
dr. ir. PA Jansen
prof. dr. ir. GJ Nabuurs
prof. dr. FJJM Bongers
dr. ir. FJ Sterck
prof. dr. K Kramer
Examiner(s)prof. dr. PA Zuidema

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Basic mathematical knowledge, Basic knowledge on population biology and ecology.


This course deals with the extraction of resources from natural ecosystems. Resource use includes the exploitation of timber, the collection of fruits and resins, the extraction of wood for biomass production, hunting of animals, among others. Ideally such resources are exploited in a sustainable way, but how can that be quantified? This and other questions will be treated, and students will get hands-on experience on quantifying the sustainability of resource use.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the status of natural resource use and the concept of exploitation in conservation;
- analyse the availability, variability and value of natural resources using inventory data;
- apply simple modelling tools to evaluate resource dynamics, effects of resource use and future resource availability;
- evaluate the sustainability of a resource use system and provide advice on management options;
- reflect on the concept of sustainability and the role of science and scientists in evaluating this.


Working forms include lectures, tutorials, computer practicals, excursions and group work.


Students will be evaluated in four ways:
- computer practicals: report on one of the computer practicals (10%);
- tutorial: group report on one of the paper discussions (10%);
- group assignment: written report and oral presentation (40 %);
- written examination with open questions at the end of the course (40 %).


To be announced.

Keuze voor: MFNForest and Nature ConservationMScB: Management2AF