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NOVA PhD and Master's Course Wetland Ecology and Management - Open for Applications

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The course will take place on 2-6 Sept. 2019, at Lammi Biological Station, Finland.
Deadline for applications: 30 Apr. 2019.

NOVA course information web pages: PhD course, master's course

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This joint PhD and master's course is of 3.5 ECTS, and is organised by Petri Nummi, University of Helsinki: Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.

Course Description
This course is organized as a joint MSc/PhD training. While students will follow the same lectures, projects and assessments will vary. The goal is to familiarize students with ecology and management of wetlands and wetland dependent species. About 2/3 of the European wetlands have disappeared during the last 100 years. Wetlands provide crucial ecosystem services among which provisioning of drinking water, food (fishes, waterfowl) and flood regulation. It is crucial to understand the socio-economic value of a shared resource if one wants to protect it. Each lecture will strive to provide basic background information and integrate this with recent advances on the forefront of research. The field trip will familiarize students with wetlands, wetland-dependent wildlife and methods in habitat management.

In addition this class seeks to
-Develop skills in planning data collection, data analysis
-Critical thinking when confronting practical conservation and management challenges
-Written and oral skills to exchange positively with researchers, stakeholders, policy makers, public from different origin.

The preparatory module in August contains an introduction to the different topics, based on a range of overview scientific literature and web reports. During the on-site part the topics will be treated in depth and placed in perspective through lectures, field assignments and excursions. Finally, during the second distance learning part, students are required to prepare a research proposal in teams, reflecting the answers to a set of questions discussed during the course.

The course is articulated around 5 main themes and will cover the following topics:

  1. Wetlands ecology and services
  2. From habitat to species
  3. Factors affecting wetlands
  4. Management of wetlands and species: what is at stake?
  5. Methods to develop scenarios
  6. Conclusion: towards adaptive management

Excursion: Vanajavesikeskus and key sites in the catchment area

Programme Outline
Course days will consist of lectures followed by group work. Teaching and tutoring will be shared among the teachers. The course will start Monday morning and will end on Thursday. Field work will be carried out on Friday in the catchment area of the vanajavesi area. Students will provide their feedback Friday afternoon.

Main Teachers

  • Docent, Petri Nummi, Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsiniki
  • Docent, Veli-Matti Väänänen, Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsiniki
  • Prof., Harri Vasander, Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsiniki
  • Docent, Kari Minkkinen, Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsiniki
  • Dr., Preben Clausen, Department of Bioscience - Wildlife Ecology, University of Aarhus
  • Prof., Jesper Madsen, Department of Bioscience - Wildlife Ecology, University of Aarhus
  • Prof., Mats B Nilsson, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


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

Published 8. February 2019 - 11:12 - Updated 8. February 2019 - 11:19