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Forest Ecology and Conservation Biology

The course provides in-depth knowledge on ecological concepts and theory related to forest ecosystems with a focus on conservation biology. The various levels in ecology, from genes and organisms through to populations, communities and ecosystems, will be covered within the context of major ecological themes while highlighting conservation principles and applications throughout. Ecological theories and their incorporation within conservation biology will be addressed. With the background theory in forest ecology and conservation biology in place, emphasis will turn to conservation challenges, highlighting past and present solutions and their evaluation leading to a main focus on the creative and critical thinking aspects necessary in addressing these challenges.

The course is taught using a variety of methods including lectures, literature seminars, problem-based learning (PBL) exercises, and excursions. PBLs will be organized within groups and will include discussions, synthesis, and presentations.

Information from the course leader

Dear all,

We are very much looking forward to meeting you soon for the Forest Ecology and Conservation Biology course starting August 28th. The course registration is now open; please self-register!

The updated schedule is available here and on Canvas, and we will meet in Sälgen at 13:00 on August 28th for the course introduction.

Best wishes,

Anita and Stefan

Course evaluation

The course evaluation is now closed

BI1434-10333 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list


Peh, Corlett, and Bergeron (2015) Routledge Handbook of Forest Ecology

PDF available online via the SLU library.

Bowman and Hacker (2021) Ecology (International 5th Edition)

PDFs of required chapters will be posted on the course Canvas page.

Literature seminars:

Bastin et al. (2019) The global tree restoration potential. Science 365:76-79

Bello et al. (2015) Defaunation affects carbon storage in tropical forests. Science Advances 1:1-11

Bradshaw et al. (2021) *Understanding the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly Future. ****Frontiers in Conservation Science *1:615419

Bluwstein et al. (2021) **Commentary: Understanding the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly Future. ***Frontiers in Conservation Science *2:666910

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Science (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level (G1F)
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1434 Application code: SLU-10333 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Environmental Studies Pace: 100%