Forest Ecology

FOR 308 FOREST ECOLOGY (3) FOR 308 syllabus (Please note that syllabi are subject to change and this may not be the most current syllabus.) This course relates basic principles of biology and silvics to the ecological development of forested ecosystems. It should be taken after or while coursework in dendrology is completed and is a core course for forestry majors but is open to all majors. The course objectives are for students to (a) define community concepts (e.g. sampling, succession, productivity, disturbance, and animal factors), (b) identify ecosystem concepts (e.g. nutrient and energy cycles and plant-soil relationships); and (c) describe environmental factors (e.g. light, temperature, moisture, and pollution) and interpret their effects on individual tree species and community structure and function. Topics include species diversity, tolerance, succession, fire ecology, site productivity, animal-plant interactions, soil properties, nutrient and energy cycles, the influence of light, temperature, and moisture, and the silvics of major forest types. In addition, students will explore in the field the effects of various conditions or treatments on forest community structure and growth, and practice field methods commonly used to measure site factors and environmental processes in forest communities. Evaluation methods include exams and lab attendance and reports. This course is offered every fall.