NWI-BM039A
Management of Ecosystems
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BM039A
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
Lecturer(s)
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Coordinator
prof. dr. S. Kosten
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Examiner
prof. dr. S. Kosten
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. S. Kosten
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Lecturer
prof. dr. S. Kosten
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Lecturer
prof. dr. L.P.M. Lamers
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Academic year2018
Period
KW1  (03/09/2018 to 04/11/2018)
Starting block
KW1
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
  • Student can give a critical vision on the management of ecosystems
  • Student is able to formulate restoration and management measures to compensate environmental  effects in various ecosystem types
  • Student can enumerate critical factors which make the restoration measures a success or a failure
Content
Students who want to attend this course, should be familiar with basic concepts of biogeochemistry and ecology.  

Nature management and restoration has, to a large extent, been based on a trial and error approach. In the present course we will show, for a large variety of ecosystem types, why an approach based on biogeochemical research is vital for ecosystem management and restoration.This method, focusing on biogeochemical and ecological key factors and key processes, provides insight into the actual causal relationships between environmental changes and ecosystem responses. In addition, it indicates the target processes for restoration and conservation of biodiversity, and thereby enables scientists and nature managers to predict restoration prospects for locations that differ with respect to their initial conditions.

Topics
• Management of surface water ecosystems
• Climate change and management of C-limited lakes
• Management of boreal lakes
• Management of wetland ecosystems
• Management of tropical coatal systems
• Control of invasive species
• Management of tropical seagrass systems
• Management of temperate coastal ecosystems
• Management of heathland, peatland and dune fauna
• Atmospheric pollution and ecosystem management
• Management of heathlands, calcareous and acidic grasslands
• Management of forests
• Habitat fragmentation, dispersal and management

Test information
Written exam (closed book).

Prerequisites
Master in biology; preferably with couses Applied Ecology (Toegepaste Ecologie) and System Ecology (Systeem Ecologie)

Instructional modes
Course occurrence

Lecture

Remark
12

Presentation

Remark
3

Response course

Remark
5

Zelfstudie

Remark
The remaining time can be used for self study and preparation of the assignments

Tests
Exam
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock KW1, Block KW2