Overall objectives of Module 1.2 are to enhance student’s knowledge and comprehension of forest stand dynamics, which requires an understanding of tree-level functional biology and attributes that influence stand structure and development. Participants will learn how tree species composition and tree size and age distributions provide evidence as to stand origin and disturbance history, as well as means to predict future stand conditions. Key topics include: the influences of water, light, and other biotic and abiotic factors on tree form and function; dendrology and its applications; conceptual models of stand dynamics and succession; and gap dynamics. Selection silviculture is introduced to demonstrate the integration of related knowledge requirements in practice. Participants are strongly encouraged to undertake related field training (Module 1.4).
This course involves a combination of recorded lectures, readings, assignments and participation in semi-synchronous online discussion forums and synchronous tutorials with instructors and other participants over an 8-week period
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