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NOVA PhD Course "Forest Tree and Stand Growth and Dynamics: Multiple effects and problems when analyzing data" - Open for Applications

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The course will take place on 5-9 Nov. 2018, in Tönnersjöheden, Sweden.
Deadline for applications: 15 Jun. 2018.

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The course is of 5 ECTS and is organised by Professor Urban Nilsson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Course Description
PhD students in forest sciences are frequently analyzing individual tree- and stand level growth. Response to treatments, natural dynamics, growth trends in response to climate change are examples of topics to be studied. Given that the studied system is far from a controlled experiment and that experimental and sampling design only can reduce some of the variation, multiple factors need to be accounted for when analyzing the data. This requires intensive training and experience in tree and stand growth analyses and extensive understanding of factors affecting these processes. The course will bring PhD students in touch with active researchers in forest growth and yield. Teachers will help students to get a broader understanding of the field and how to solve their specific problems.

The course will cover the following subjects:

  • Experimental design and establishment of survey plots
  • Response variables, e.g. volume, biomass, carbon, wood density, wood quality
  • Allocation of growth
  • Establishment of seedlings
  • Density, competition and mortality
  • Site characteristics and its variation on different scales
  • Stand structure, its representation and effects on growth
  • Inclusion of weather and climate in analysis of experiments and in growth and yield models
  • Mechanistic vs. empirical models

Programme Outline
Before the course week, students will get a literature list that should be studied. In addition, each student will get an assignment (designing or analyzing an experiment) that should be solved under supervision of one of the teachers. During the course week, the first two days will be filled with lectures and exercises. During the third day, students will present their PhD-project and present a problem that can be solved during and after the course week. The fourth day will be a field trip to forest experiments with a focus on experimental design and analysis of data. The fifth day will again be classes and exercises. Before leaving, students should also prepare an assignment that should be solved during the coming three-four weeks. The course ends with one or two Skype-meetings when the problem solving assignment is presented.

Main Teachers

  • Professor Urban Nilsson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
  • Professor Andreas Brunner, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
  • Professor Jari Hynynen, National Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
  • Dr. Ignacio Barbeito, SLU
  • Dr. Mickey Allen, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)
  • Dr. Rasmus Astrup, NIBIO
  • Dr. Clara Anton Fernandez, NIBIO
  • Dr. Emma Holmström, SLU

Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:

Published 2. March 2018 - 9:35 - Updated 16. April 2018 - 9:50