Course code MežZ5036

Credit points 2

Forest Ecology

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures24

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation22.11.2016

Responsible UnitDepartment of Silviculture

Course developer

author Mežkopības katedra

Inga Straupe

Dr. silv.

Course abstract

Forest ecology deals with forest biome characteristics and location, forest ecosystem structure, function, dynamics, diversity, nature of environmental factors influence, role of forests for the maintenance of the global and the local environment, analysis of strategies and tactics for forest ecosystem management and protection, knowledge and understanding of sustainable use of forest ecological and commercial resources. The ecological characterization and assessment of Latvia’s habitats are given. The management activities of habitat management for conservation and promotion of biodiversity

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge – to characterize the distribution of forest biome and diversity, the structure, function, dynamics, biodiversity of forest ecosystem, the environmental impact specificity, role of forests in maintenance of global and local environment;
• Skills - to identify and formulate relevant forest ecosystem protection and management issues;
• Competence – to solve independently problems related to forest ecosystem research and sustainable management of forest resources.

Compulsory reading

1. Melecis V. Ekoloģija. Rīga: LU Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2011. 352 lpp.
2. Liepa I., Mauriņš A., Vimba E. Ekoloģija un dabas aizsardzība. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1991. 203 lpp.
3. Begon M., Harper J.L., Townsend C.r., 1996. Ecology. Individuals, populations and communities. 3rd ed. Oxford: Blacwell Science, 1996. 1068 p.
4. Kimmins J. P. Forest Ecology. 2nd ed. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall,1997. 596 p.

Further reading

1. Ekoloģija un vides aizsardzība. Mācību līdzeklis. J. Švarcbahs u.c. Jelgava: LLU, 2001. 201 lpp.
2. Bušs K. Meža ekoloģija un tipoloģija. Rīga: Zinātne, 1981. 68 lpp.
3. Ericsson P. A. A practical guide to environmental impact assessment. Academic Press. 1994. 266 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Forest Ecology and Management. ISSN: 0378-1127. http://www.journals.elsevier.com/forest-ecology-and-management
2. Silva Fennica. ISSN-L 0037-5330; ISSN 2242-4075 (Online) http://www.silvafennica.fi/
3. Canadian Journal of Forest Reaearch. ISSN (print): 0045-5067: ISSN (electronic): 1208-6037. http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/journal/cjfr