Do you want to work with nature conservation in the forest?

Last changed: 30 September 2021
Women looking at a reaaly old tree.

Animal and plant species and their habitats continue to decline worldwide. With in-depth knowledge in conservation biology, you can contribute to the work needed to reverse the trend.

Do you want to work with nature conservation at a forest company, authority, NGO, as a researcher or internationally? Then you should really apply for the course Forest Conservation Biology.

Put your knowledge into a deeper context

At the course you will put your knowledge of ecology from previous courses (at SLU or any other university) into a larger context. You will get in-depth theoretical knowledge about conservation biology from SLU's teachers. You will also learn from professionals who work with forest and nature conservation.

We´ll discuss:

  • Natural conditions and processes in Swedish forests.
  • How anthropogenic disturbances (such as forestry, climate change, changed land use) affect biodiversity. 
  • Different types of conservation measures taken in Swedish forested landscapes. 
  • How conservation of biodiversity may be in conflict or support other societal goals 
  • How to measure biodiversity and single-species conservation approaches
  • Global change
  • The societal context of nature conservation

Nature conservation, production, social values...

The aim is that you shall learn the theoretical background of conservation biology, how nature conservation can be combined with production and social values, about national and international laws and other legal instruments and the roles of different actors, and how to interpret and discuss scientific literature.

The course is an off-campus-course, we will meet at one occasion for excursions in either Uppsala or Umeå. You´ll meet conservation researchers from Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.


Erik Öckinger, Researcher
Department of Ecology, SLU 
+46 (0)18-672303