833301 Soil ecology

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Wintersemester 2019/20
Languages of instruction


# Intro: Bringing things into context; what's so specific in/on soil?
# The cast of characters: Introduction to the edaphon
# Overview of soil ecological methods
# Decomposition of dead organic matter: example of an ecological process
# Humus forms: interplay between living and dead matter
# Temporal, horizontal, and vertical variability in soil
# The organization of soil life

Previous knowledge expected

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

This lecture is an introduction to modern soil ecological research. It brings into context the soil knowledge most students already have, and adds new information. Specific learning outcomes:
(1) to understand basic concepts and a bit of practice of Soil Ecology;
(2) to understand basic concepts of General Ecology (e.g., "process", "variability", "scale");
(3) to put textbook and lecture knowledge into perspective (contextual understanding).
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.