Applied Plant Ecology

Module summary

Module code: BOTA1017
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Natural Resources Institute
Module Coordinator(s): Lucie Buchi / Jeremy Haggar

Specification

Pre and co requisites

GEOG1025 (Biogeography and Ecosystems).

Aims

Develop understanding of the ecological interactions and processes in plant communities and how this applies to the functioning of natural and management habitats.

The module aims to develop understanding in:
• Plant resource use strategies and interactions between plants and its application to management of forest and herbaceous communities.
• Plant population dynamics and niche differentiation between plants and how these determine the biodiversity of different plant communities.
• Effects of abiotic and biotic disturbance on plant dynamics and vegetation structure and its importance in the conservation of high value conservation habitats.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Discuss critically and evaluate resource use by plants and how it affects plant community structure;
2. Measure and analyse data on plant population dynamics;
3. Critically discuss and explain the interactions between plant species;
4. Evaluate the processes that influence the diversity of plant communities;
5. Understand the ecological factors that influence the biodiversity and conservation value of different habitats.

Indicative content

• Plant traits, classification and ecology
• Plant resource use strategies and competition
• Forest dynamics and tree species ecology
• Abiotic and biotic stress in plant communities and its effects on vegetation structure and plant dynamics.
• Plant species diversity assessment and conservation