833301 Soil ecology

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Bruckner, Alexander
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


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

Previous knowledge expected

None required; this lecture aims both at advanced students and absolute beginners of/in Soil Science/Biology/Ecology

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

This lecture is an introduction to Soil Ecology. It brings into context the soil knowledge most students already have, and adds much 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, spatial and temporal scales);
(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.