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Forest Conservation Biology

Additional course evaluations for BI1378

Academic year 2020/2021

Forest Conservation Biology (BI1378-30289) 2021-01-18 - 2021-06-06

BI1378 Forest Conservation Biology, 15.0 Credits

Skoglig naturvårdsbiologi

Syllabus approved



Biology Forest science

Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Debate and debate paper 2.00 1002
Litterature seminar 3.00 1003
Excursion 1.00 1004
Written examination 9.00 1005

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

The equivalent of 120 credits at basic level including
- 60 credits in Biology or
- 60 credits in Forest Science or
- 60 credits in Forest Management or
- 60 credits in Environmental Sciences or
- 60 credits in Landscape Architecture or
- 60 credits in Agricultural Sciences or
- 60 credits in Natural Resource Management or
- 60 credits in Forestry and Wood Technology
English 6.


The aim is to provide students with advanced knowledge in the field of conservation biology with a specific focus on applications in forested landscapes. Students will be able to increase their depth of subject knowledge and ability to work independently and get a stronger understanding of how the knowledge could be applied by stakeholders.
After finishing the course, the students should be able to:
- Explain important theories and concepts in ecology which are used in conservation biology, and their application in forest-related nature conservation;
- Define biodiversity and compare different ways to assess biodiversity in forest ecosystems;
- Describe the natural conditions and processes in Swedish forests, how anthropogenic disturbances (such as forestry, climate change, changed land use) affect biodiversity (currently, in the past, and in the future), and propose appropriate conservation and restoration approaches;
- Describe and compare different types of conservation measures taken in Swedish forested landscapes;
- Discuss how conservation of biodiversity may be in conflict or support other societal goals;
- Acquire, critically analyse, and discuss scientific literature within the field of conservation biology.


This course provides knowledge of the field of conservation biology with a specific focus on applications in forested landscapes. The teaching consists of a mix of self-work and real-time learning activities: lectures, literature seminars, projects, excursions and exercises.

The course consists of several parts: Natural and anthropogenic disturbance regimes, Forest biodiversity and its assessment, Conservation measures in forests, Key ecological concepts in conservation biology, Single-species conservation approaches, Global change, The societal context of nature conservation, and Multifunctional forests and urban ecology. Each part uses both lectures and at least one other type of teaching (such as literature seminars, projects and exercises). Literature seminars play an important role for deepening the knowledge and improve scientific thinking.

The course is given as a distance course. Literature seminars, written reports, oral presentations, excursions and the written exam are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written exam, approved oral presentations and written reports, and participation in compulsory seminars and excursions.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Ecology
Cooperating departments:
Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Conservation Biology for all
Author: Sodhi, N.S. & Ehrlich, P.R
ISBN: 978–0–19–955424–9
Comments: Freely available online at:
2) Scientific papers available at Canvas at the start of the course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management - mastersprogramme Forest Science - Master´s Programme Conservation and Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations - Master´s Programme Multi-purpose forest management Forest Management - Bachelor´s Programme Euroforester - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Forest science
Course code: BI1378 Application code: SLU-30027 Distance course: Yes Language: English Responsible department: Department of Ecology Pace: 50%