912339 Vegetation dynamics and fire ecology

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Sanden, Hans , Gratzer, Georg
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


Introduction, Succession – concepts and paradigms
Succession – concepts and paradigms
Disturbance ecology I
Disturbance ecology II
Disturbance ecology III
Vegetation dynamics
Population ecology: Discussion of assignments
Regeneration ecology I: seed production and dispersal
Regeneration ecology II: tree establishment
Plant competition
Plant succession
Tree species coexistence
Fire ecology: Fire behaviour and fire intensity
Fire regimes in different biomes
Fire ecology: effects of fire on ecosystems;
Fire ecology: adaptations of plants to fire and effects of fire on ecosystems.
Resilience of vegetation

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Describe different concepts of vegetation dynamics; the role of fire in ecosystems
Identify disturbances in mountain forest ecosystems
Describe the ecological role of fire in different ecosystems
Describe mechanisms allowing for tree species coexistence in mountain forest ecosystems
List different methods used in regeneration ecology
Recognize the role of difference disturbance agents for vegetation dynamics
Describe plant tradeoffs leading to species co-existence in mountain forests
Describe plant adaptations to fire
Describe consequences of fire suppression in different mountain forest ecosystem
Apply knowledge of disturbance ecology and species coexistence to management and nature conservation
Apply knowledge on fire ecology of different mountain forest ecosystems in forest management and conservation
Analyse resilience of different ecosystems to perturbations
Analyse ecological factors driving regeneration
Compare different mountain forests in terms of mechanisms allowing for species coexistence
Recognize factors driving vegetation dynamics
Integrate species traits and disturbance characteristics to explain dynamic processes

Assess the consequences of fire regulation and suppression in different mountain forest ecosystems
Predict the effects of different disturbances on structure and composition of mountain forest ecosystems
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