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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7078837, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track FOREST AND LAND MANAGEMENT [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 11.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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

Teacher in charge MARIO PIVIDORI AGR/05
Other lecturers MARCO CARRER AGR/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/05 Forestry and Silviculture 11.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 6.0 48 102.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 PIVIDORI MARIO (Presidente)
CARRER MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
2 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 PIVIDORI MARIO (Presidente)
CARRER MARCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No specific prerequisites are requested however, having attended the basic courses of Biology, Botany, Ecology and Forest Mensuration is advisable.
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to give students a thorough understanding of forest structure and dynamics. In particular, it is stressed the role of present and past natural and anthropogenic disturbances in defining the present and future forest structure and dynamics. In parallel students will receive specific hints, mainly focused on site parameters and species ecology, to approach and manage the silvicultural systems in forests stands of mediterranean environment.
Examination methods: Exam will be divided in three parts:
- A written report of not more than 3000 words on a regional-specific management topic selected by the student;
- An oral discussion about the report and silvicultural systems management;
- a multiple choice written test with few open questions.
Assessment criteria: Written report: 40 %
Oral discussion: 15%
Written test with mainly close and few open questions: 40%
Class participation: 5%
Course unit contents: Over the last years, the quantitative definition of forest structure and stand dynamics has rapidly become more and more important because the knowledge of the main patterns and processes controlling a forest ecosystem is a critical prerequisite for a high-quality forest management. Therefore, an overall view starting from the ecological side of the ecosystem, to the management and finally to the exploitation strategies are becoming key instruments for a thorough knowledge and a wise management of forest systems.
More specifically, the course includes: (i) Understanding the role of different forest types in view of choosing the right management system (cfu 1); (ii) Forest structure: defining the main drivers structuring a forest stand. Classifying the vertical, horizontal and chronological structure. The importance of time. (cfu 1); (iii) Assessment of the different forest functions and choice of the main one in the context of the landscape mosaic in subalpine environments(cfu 2); (iv) Practical application of different silvicultural systems in subalpine forests (cfu 2). (v) Ability to analyse case-studies and to use them in understanding theory and concepts and in identifying weaknesses and strengths (cfu 1).
In addition, most of the case-studies discussed will be directly visited by the students; they are (a) an even-aged beech forest located in the pre-Alps; (b) a Pinus sylvestris stand heavily disturbed; (c) a typical subalpine spruce stand; (d) a typical uneven-aged, mixed larch-stone pine high-elevation stand; e) pine plantations at sea level under natural evolution; f) mixed fir-spruce-beech forest in the pre-Alps; g) Austrian pine stands with recurrent fire disturbances; h) coppice stands with different age. Finally, group discussion with the presentations from the students (cfu 4).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: 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 a number of visits at selected Alpine areas, where students have the opportunity to directly observe different kinds of forests and disturbances. Several excursions (Cortina d'Ampezzo/ Ecology laboratory of San Vito di Cadore, Belluno, Italy) are organized to visit a natural park (Dolomites) and logging area. Field discussions are promoted to actively debate opportunities and constraints according to each site peculiarity. This will facilitate understanding and applying theory
Additional notes about suggested reading: 1-PowerPoint slides from the lectures.
2-A selection of papers from scientific journals.
3-Selected chapters from the textbook:
Chapin III FS, Matson PA, Mooney HA, (2011). Principles of terrestrial ecosystem ecology. Springer
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)