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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI
Course unit
STAND HISTORY AND DYNAMICS
AVP7078877, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI (Ord. 2017)
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track FOREST AND NATURE FOR THE FUTURE [002LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination STAND HISTORY AND DYNAMICS
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch LEGNARO (PD)
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MARCO CARRER AGR/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/05 Forestry and Silviculture 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Laboratory 4.0 32 68.0 No turn
Lecture 2.0 16 34.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Syllabus
Prerequisites: No prerequisites are requested (having attended the course of Ecology and Forest Management is advisable)
Target skills and knowledge: An introduction to the study of forest stand dynamics, including the mechanisms and pathways of forest development and the role of natural and human disturbances on forest (Alpine and Mediterranean) composition and structure. A special focus will be devoted to dendroecology, i.e. the application of tree-rings analysis to ecological questions, especially to study the temporal aspects of forest dynamics.
Examination methods: Written multiple choice test and oral presentation. The presentation will be related either on selected papers or on the lab experience (according to the number of students).
Assessment criteria: Oral presentation of a scientific article or lab work: 10%
Written test with mainly close and few open questions: 85%
Class participation: 5%

Presentations will be graded for their content and the quality of preparation.
Course unit contents: Forest structure: defining the main drivers structuring a forest stand. Classifying the vertical, horizontal and chronological structure. The importance of time.
Forest dynamics: the role of disturbances. Definition of forest disturbance and disturbance regime. Forest successions.
Dendroecology: study forest structure and dynamics with tree rings. Basic definition, the principles of dendrochronology, the technique of crossdating. Application of dendroecological methods to study forest disturbances.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Class lectures
Field activities
Students' presentations

Presentations and analyses of the main subjects are carried out both in classrooms sessions, with the support of exercises related to theory and case studies, and with visit at selected Alpine areas, where students have the opportunity to directly observe different kinds of forests and disturbances. A major part of the course will be held at the Ecology laboratory of San Vito di Cadore, Belluno, Italy. Field, lab and practical activities are promoted to facilitate understanding and applying theory.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material for the course will be made available to students through the Moodle platform of the School at
https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/login/index.php
PowerPoint slides from the lectures, few chapters from the textbook Chapin III FS, Matson PA, Mooney HA, Principles of terrestrial ecosystem ecology and a few scientific articles.
Stoffel, M., Bollschweiler, M., Butler, D.R., and Luckman, B.H. (eds.). (2010). Tree Rings and Natural Hazards: A State-of-the-art. Springer.
Speer, J.H. (2010). Fundamentals of Tree-ring Research. University of Arizona Press.

Consultation hours: Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 15:00 only upon agreement
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Oliver, Chadwick Dearing; Larson, Bruce C., Forest stand dynamicsChadwick Dearing Oliver, Bruce C. Larson. New York \etc.!: McGraw-Hill, --.