Module 1.2 – Describe the current and past tree and stand conditions and the processes that led to them and articulate possible future conditions


Course Description

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).

Specific objectives are to prepare students to be able to: Measure tree-level attributes; Determine tree quality; Explain the resource potential of trees; Explain processes that influence tree health and vigour; Measure stand-level attributes; Determine stand origin; Recognize the range of values found in a stand; Define succession and stand dynamics; Describe and analyze the agents driving stand dynamics; and For a range of different stands, be able to describe the dynamics that have led to the current stand structure and be able to predict future stand structures

Course Schedule

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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