912330 Mountain forest dynamics and fire ecology

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Sandén, Hans , Seidl, Rupert , Gratzer, Georg
Institute of Forest Ecology (IFE)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2018
Languages of instruction


Introduction, Succession – concepts and paradigms
Succession – concepts and paradigms
Disturbance ecology I
Disturbance ecology II
Disturbance ecology III
The role of forest growth in forest dynamics I
The role of forest growth in forest dynamics II
The role of forest growth in forest dynamics II
Population ecology: Discussion of assignments
Regeneration ecology I: seed production and dispersal
Regeneration ecology II: tree establishment
Plant competition
Plant succession
Tree species coexistence
Fire ecology: Fire behaviour and fire intensity
Fire regimes in different biomes
Fire ecology: effects of fire on ecosystems;
Fire ecology: adaptations of plants to fire and effects of fire on ecosystems.
Resilience of forests;

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Describe different concepts of forest dynamics; the role of fire in forest ecosystems
Identify disturbances in mountain forest ecosystems
Describe the ecological role of fire in different mountain forest ecosystems
Describe mechanisms allowing for tree species coexistence in mountain forest ecosystems
List different methods used in tree regeneration ecology
Recognize the role of difference disturbance agents for forest dynamics
Describe plant tradeoffs leading to species co-existence in mountain forests
Describe plant adaptations to fire
Describe consequences of fire suppression in different mountain forest ecosystem
Apply knowledge of disturbance ecology and species coexistence to forest management and nature conservation
Apply knowledge on fire ecology of different mountain forest ecosystems in forest management and conservation
Analyse resilience of different mountain forest ecosystems to perturbations
Analyse ecological factors driving tree regeneration
Compare different mountain forests in terms of mechanisms allowing for species coexistence
Recognize factors driving mountain forest dynamics
Integrate species traits and disturbance characteristics to explain dynamic processes in mountain forest ecosystems
Assess the consequences of fire regulation and suppression in different mountain forest ecosystems
Predict the effects of different disturbances on structure and composition of mountain forest ecosystems
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