F&ES 660a / 2017-2018

Forest Dynamics

Credits: 3
Fall 2017: M,W, 10:30-11:50, Bowers

This course reviews the biophysical drivers of stand development in forest ecosystems. We begin by briefly exploring the ecophysiology of woody plants, the distribution of trees and forests, and plant community theory. We build on this basis focusing on the ecology and developmental dynamics of complex forest systems. Lectures, exercises, and readings drawn from the scientific and popular literature are supported by field trips exploring disturbance and stand development in New England forests. This class is a core component of the M.F. degree but is explicitly designed to be accessible to anyone interested in an in-depth exploration of forest ecosystems. 

F&ES 660 is a prerequisite for:
F&ES 661: Analysis and Development of Silvicultural Prescriptions
F&ES 969: Rapid Assessments in Forest Conservation