Terrestrial Ecosystem Processes and Global Change
The aim of the course is to provide the participants with a comprehensive understanding of processes in terrestrial ecosystems, and of effects of global change on processes and organisms. The focus is on carbon, water and nutrient cycling between plants, soil organisms, soil, and atmosphere. This includes lessons in radiation and energy balance, photosynthesis, respiration, water use efficiency and measures of stress, at leaf, plant and canopy level. Belowground processes as plant nutrient uptake and microbial turnover, mobilization and immobilization of nutrients, plant-microbe-animal interactions, plant-soil-atmosphere interactions, rhizosphere processes and mycorrhizal function are also addressed, with focus on the importance of climate and anthropogenically induced climatic changes. Species/community effects on ecosystem processes and temporal dynamics are also addressed. Field and laboratory studies are performed and the results are presented orally and in reports. It is mandatory for the participants to present one or two journal papers with relation to the subjects taught in the lectures, including effects of global change on ecosystems.
MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject
MSc Programme in Environmental Science
The participants will obtain comprehensive understanding of
terrestrial ecosystem processes, and of effects of global
change on pools, processes and organisms. The focus is on
carbon, water and nutrient cycling between plants, soil and
atmosphere. Carbon balance and its components photosynthesis and
respiration is addressed and linked to water use efficiency and
stress physiology and processes at leaf, plant and canopy level.
Belowground processes as decomposition, plant nutrient uptake,
mobilization and immobilization of nutrients, plant-microbe-animal
interactions, rhizosphere processes and mycorrhizal function are
also addressed, with focus on global change aspects.
The participants will obtain insight into the cycling of carbon, water and nutrient cycling between plants, soil, soil organisms and atmosphere, and skills to dissiminate this knowledge to fellow students and non-specialists. This includes experience in relevant methods for data acquisition. Field and laboratory work is performed and the data are presented in a report which includes statistical analysis of data and discussion of results. It is mandatory for the participants to present one or two journal papers with relation to the subjects taught in the lectures.
TThe student will achieve in-depth knowledge of carbon, water and nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems and on potential effects of environmental changes on key ecosystem processes. The student will obtain the necessary theoretical insight to be able to understand and comment critically on issues such as effects of climatic change, nitrogen deposition and changed land use on ecosystem function and feedback processes to the environment.
Lectures, seminars and exercises.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Individual feedback to student presentations. Oral feedback to field/lab exercise report.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written examination, 3 hours under invigilation
- Type of assessment details
- The course has been selected for ITX exam
See important information about ITX-exams at Study Information, menu point: Exams -> Exam types and rules -> Written on-site exams (ITX)
- All aids allowed
As the exam is an ITX-exam, the University will make computers available to students at the exam. Students are therefore not permitted to bring their own computers, tablets, calculators, or mobile phones.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment
In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Learning Outcome.
Single subject courses (day)
- Class Instruction
- Theory exercises
- Practical exercises
- Project work
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 4
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board for the Biological Area
- Department of Biology
- Faculty of Science
- Anders Michelsen (7-6673696a77787245676e7433707a336970)
Anders Michelsen (firstname.lastname@example.org), Riikka Rinnan (email@example.com) and Kathrin Rousk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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