F&ES 732

Tropical Forest Ecology

Credits: 3


This course summarizes ecological knowledge on tropical forest ecosystems worldwide and shows how this scientific basis can be used for designing sustainable forest management, conservation, and rehabilitation strategies. The first part of the course deals with the ecological characteristics of TFE: productive and environmental services; forest structure and composition; the forest microenvironment: light, temperature, and water; reproductive ecology; species diversity; plant-animal interactions; tree growth and regeneration; soils of the tropics; nutrient cycling; montane forests; dry forests and savannas. The second part of the course deals with practical issues presented in lectures followed by discussion of relevant topics such as deforestation; management of primary and secondary forests; nontimber forest products; plantation forestry; community forestry; agroforestry; rehabilitation of degraded tropical forests; and other. In addition, guest speaker presentations and teleconferences deal with current issues of tropical forest ecology/conservation/management of interest. No prerequisites. Open to undergraduates with permission of the instructor. Three hours lecture

Background in ecology or forestry is useful but not indispensable. Yale undergraduate students can take it with permission of the instructor.