Course code ECOL330

ECOL330 Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Conservation

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Course responsible: Torbjørn Haugaasen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in the Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in the Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2011-2012
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course will give students insights into the origin and evolution of tropical rainforests and provide a biogeographical comparison of all the major tropical rainforest regions. Important ecological concepts in evolution and speciation, and theories of maintenance of species diversity, will be explored in a rainforest setting. Key aspects of community and landscape ecology and dynamics will also be examined. The course will further address tropical rainforest conservation in a global and regional perspective, in conjunction with contemporary and future threats to biodiversity through human impacts.
Learning outcome:


Students will gain a detailed understanding of the ecology and conservation of tropical rainforests.


The students will be able to identify unique animal and plant characteristics of rainforests from each continent and understand the complexity of rainforest ecosystems in addition to the threats they face.


The student will after the course have a deeper understanding, and be able to discuss important aspects, of current challenges with rainforest conservation action and future scenarios, particularly related to human impacts.

Learning activities:
Teaching support:
The candidate can seek academic guidance from course teachers during office hours.
Lectures and related articles. The compulsory reading material will consist of articles chosen by the respective teacher for each lecture. Additional reading material for interested students will be presented at each lecture.
Completed bachelor degree and ecological knowledge at the ECOL200 level
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Written examination (3 hours) at the end of the course.
Nominal workload:
Lectures: 26 hours. The students' own reading and exam preparation ca. 100 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 2h per week
An external examiner and the course director evaluate the exam papers.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Written exam: Letter grades