NWI-BM039A
Management of Ecosystems
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BM039A
Credits (ECTS)3
Category03 (Advanced)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
Lecturer(s)
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Examiner
prof. dr. S. Kosten
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Lecturer
prof. dr. L.P.M. Lamers
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Lecturer
dr. B.J.M. Robroek
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Coordinator
dr. B.J.M. Robroek
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Contactperson for the course
dr. B.J.M. Robroek
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Academic year2023
Period
KW1  (04/09/2023 to 05/11/2023)
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
• The student is able to formulate and verse their critical vision on the management of ecosystems and their services.
• The student is able to table management and restoration measures with respect to anthropogenic forcing for various ecosystem types.
• The student can elaborate on critical factors that explain the pathways for success or failure in ecosystem management.
Content
Nature management and restoration, for a long time, has been based on a trial and error approach. In the present course you will learn why an approach based on biogeochemical research is vital for ecosystem management and restoration. This scientific approach, 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.
The course consists of following elements:
  • Short recap lectures on ecological (notably biodiversity) and biogeochemical concepts
  • Field visit to Fochtelooerveen on Sept. 5 (full day; early leave, late return)
  • Paper discussion
  • Case study: writing of a technical advice report (management or restoration advice to tackle a specific ecological problem)
During the course you will focus on acquiring academic skills (e.g. interpreting scientific papers) as well as skills necessary to be a successful nature manager or ecological consultant (e.g. formulating practical advice).

Students who want to attend this course, should be familiar with basic concepts of biogeochemistry and ecology. The master course ‘Management of Ecosystems’ is an ideal follow up of the RU bachelor courses Applied Ecology (Toegepaste Ecologie) and Systems Ecology (Systeem Ecologie). You are familiar with brand concepts such as biodiversity and ecosystem services.
 
A syllabus and case study material will be available on Brightspace. Especially for students lacking a bachelor background in ecology and biogeochemistry we advise to read Lamers, L.P.M. et al. 2015. Ecological restoration of rich fens in Europe and North America: from trial and error to an evidence-based approach. Biological Reviews 90:182-203. https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12102 before the start of the course. 


Instructional Modes
  • Team work (problem-based-learning)
  • Field visit and discussion with the manager of Fochelooerveen (Jacob de Bruin, Natuurmonumenten)
  • Tutor meetings
  • Lectures
  • Team presentation
  • Self-study
Level

Presumed foreknowledge
Students who want to attend this course, should be familiar with basic concepts of biogeochemistry and ecology. The master course ‘Management of Ecosystems’ is an ideal follow up of the RU bachelor courses Applied Ecology (Toegepaste Ecologie) and Systems Ecology (Systeem Ecologie). You are familiar with brand concepts such as biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Especially for students lacking a bachelor background in ecology and biogeochemistry we advise to read Lamers, L.P.M. et al. 2015. Ecological restoration of rich fens in Europe and North America: from trial and error to an evidence-based approach. Biological Reviews 90:182-203. https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12102 before the start of the course. 
 
Test information

Your grade will be based on the following elements:
  1. an individual test based on the Temmink et al. 2022 paper mentioned earlier (20%),
  2. an individual paragraph in your team’s technical advice report (30%),
  3. a team grade for the presentation of your technical advice report (15%) and
  4. a team grade for the collective parts of the technical advice report (35%).
You need to score at least a 5.5 for all elements to pass the course.
Specifics

Required materials
Articles
Study material will be posted on Brightspace. We will use the following paper in our discussions: Ralph J. M. Temmink et al. 2022. Recovering wetland biogeomorphic feedbacks to restore the world’s biotic carbon hotspots. Science 376: eabn1479; DOI:10.1126/science.abn1479
Title:Recovering wetland biogeomorphic feedbacks to restore the world’s biotic carbon hotspots
Author:Temmink et al.
Publisher:Science; 376, eabn1479 (2022)
Costs:0.00

Instructional modes
Course occurrence

Tests
Exam
Test weight4
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock KW1, Block KW2

Individual Paragraph
Test weight6
Test typeReport
OpportunitiesBlock KW1

Presentation
Test weight3
Test typePresentation
OpportunitiesBlock KW1

Technical Advice Report
Test weight7
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock KW1