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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI
Course unit
SPECIAL TOPICS IN FORESTRY
AVP7078878, 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
FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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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 SPECIAL TOPICS IN FORESTRY
Website of the academic structure https://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/
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 ERIC KLAUS ZENNER

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

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 3.0 24 51.0 No turn
Lecture 3.0 24 51.0 No turn

Calendar
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 GATTO PAOLA (Presidente)
BORGA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
D'AGOSTINO VINCENZO (Supplente)
TAROLLI PAOLO (Supplente)
2 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 GATTO PAOLA (Presidente)
BORGA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
D'AGOSTINO VINCENZO (Supplente)
TAROLLI PAOLO (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Forest Ecology, Silviculture
Target skills and knowledge: Students will understand the history of forest management and be able to relate society’s views on sustainability to management approaches and the advent of ecosystem management. Students will be acquainted with landscape- and stand-level concepts and management approaches that translate the philosophy of ecosystem management into concrete actions. Students will acquire knowledge on the challenges to maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services in times of climate change. Students will learn how forest certification may support ecological forestry and ecosystem management in practice. Students will develop problem solving skills through a better understanding of the decision-making process regarding complex natural resources management issues and develop critical thinking skills and open-mindedness through a clearer understanding of the roles of scientific information and societal values in ecosystem management. Students will improve their ability to read, understand, and critically discuss scientific articles related to ecosystem management and to persuasively articulate views related to ecosystem management.
Examination methods: Written exam
Assessment criteria: The final grade will be based upon performance on the Final Exam and on the active participation in class discussions. Attendance is not mandatory, but strongly encouraged.
Course unit contents: A Historical Perspective of Forestry; The Changing Definition of Sustainability and the Importance of Biodiversity; Elements of Ecosystem Management and its Implementation; Threats to Biodiversity; Taking a Landscape-Level Approach to Preserve Biodiversity; Ecological Classification Systems (ECS) and its Use in the Context of Forest Ecosystem Management and Restoration; The Historic Range of Variability (HRV) and its Role in Ecological Restoration and Ecosystem Management; Natural Disturbances and Autogenic Succession Models; Stand Dynamics and the Application of Ecological Silviculture at the Stand Level; Best Management Practices and Riparian Management; Managing Forests in the Face of Changing Climates and Disturbance Regimes; Adaptive Management and Monitoring; Forest Certification and its Relation to Ecosystem Management; Strategic Approaches to Ecosystem Management including Stakeholder Engagement
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures, seminars, and field trips
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lectures slides, handouts, and readings will be available on the moodle platform via website https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/

• Sample, A.V. 2004. Sustainability in forestry: origins, evolution, and prospects. Pinchot Institute for Conservation. 43 p.
• Thompson, I.D., et al. 2011. Forest biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem goods and services: Translating Science into Policy. BioScience 61(12):972-981.
• Brussard, P.F., Reed, J.M., and Tracy, C.R. 1998. Ecosystem management: what is it really? Landscape and Urban Planning 40: 9-20.
• Frankham, R. 2003. Genetics and conservation biology. C.R. Biology 326: S22–S29.
• Barnes, T.G. 2000. Principles of landscape ecology and ecosystems management. Coop. Ext. Service, University of Kentucky. FOR-76. 8 p.
• Barnes, B.V. 1996. Silviculture, landscape ecosystems, and the iron law of the site. Forstarchiv 67: 226-235.
• Society for Ecological Restoration International Science & Policy Working Group. 2004. The SER International primer on ecological restoration. www.ser.org & Tucson: Society for Ecological Restoration International. 13 p.
• USDI. 2009. Adaptive management. USDI Technical Guide. Chapter 1. What is adaptive management? 7 p.
• Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). 2008. High conservation values and biodiversity: identification, management, and monitoring. Small, low intensity and community forests. Briefing Note 4. 4 p.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • --, Sample, A.V. 2004. Sustainability in forestry: origins, evolution, and prospects. Pinchot Institute for Conservation. 43 p.. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • --, Thompson, I.D., et al. 2011. Forest biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem goods and services: Translating Science into Policy. B. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • --, Brussard, P.F., Reed, J.M., and Tracy, C.R. 1998. Ecosystem management: what is it really? Landscape and Urban Planning 40: 9-20.. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • --, Frankham, R. 2003. Genetics and conservation biology. C.R. Biology 326: S22–S29.. --: --, --.
  • --, Barnes, T.G. 2000. Principles of landscape ecology and ecosystems management. Coop. Ext. Service, University of Kentucky. FOR-76. 8. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • --, Barnes, B.V. 1996. Silviculture, landscape ecosystems, and the iron law of the site. Forstarchiv 67: 226-235.. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • --, Society for Ecological Restoration International Science & Policy Working Group. 2004. The SER International primer on ecological res. --: --, --.
  • --, USDI. 2009. Adaptive management. USDI Technical Guide. Chapter 1. What is adaptive management? 7 p.. --: --, --.
  • --, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). 2008. High conservation values and biodiversity: identification, management, and monitoring. Small,. --: --, --.